The Wilmington College men’s soccer fell to John Carroll Saturday, 3-1, in Ohio Athletic Conference action at Townsend Field.
It was Wilmington’s fifth straight loss as the Fightin’ Quakers had their record drop to 3-10 overall, 0-3 in the OAC.
“Now it’s time for us to put those games behind us,” said Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis. “We have played arguably the two best teams in the league and now we have to create our opportunity to play in the postseason.”
Wilmington takes to the road 7 p.m. Wednesday to play Capital in OAC action.
Sophomore Tahj Sho-Johnson (Princeton, WVa./Princeton) scored his first career goal, pulling Wilmington to within 3-1.
Sho-Johnson’s goal seemed to energize the home team as they took control of play. Unfortunately the reinvigorated play didn’t net many shots. Wilmington had a chance to pull to within one, but missed a golden opportunity in front of the goal.
“Not finishing that goal really kept that two-goal margin, and a certain comfort level for John Carroll,” said Lewis. “If we score that goal, it’s a different game. We had a lot of momentum going and there is a good chance we could have found a third goal.”
John Carroll put immediate pressure on WC, getting a shot that barely missed the frame less than a minute into the match. The pressure and passing paid dividends as JCU took the lead 95 seconds into the match.
“We’ve been struggling in our left back position since the beginning of the season,” said Lewis. “We just haven’t found the play to fit that mode. They countered on that side, put a ball across the box and a kid slotted it in. This seems to be the pattern for this team is giving up early goals and trying to claw back in the game and to try and do that against a team like John Carroll is not very easy.”