ADA — Three Fightin’ Quakers scored to lift the Wilmington College men’s soccer team to a 3-1 Ohio Athletic Conference victory Wednesday at Ohio Northern University.
The potent offense of the Quakers was immediately on display in this conference battle. Less than three minutes into the match, a poor clearance by Ohio Northern led to a moment of brilliance by Jeffry Vasquez. Off the volley and 20 yards out, the junior connected and sent a shot into the top left corner of the net giving Wilmington a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
Ohio Northern responded well by pressuring Wilmington the rest of the half outshooting the Quakers 7-4. Despite this lead in shots, the Polar Bears were unable to break through and Wilmington would carry its 1-0 lead into the half.
Five minutes into the second half, Wilmington stole the ball at midfield and wasted no time breaking into ONU territory. Elorm Dogbey and Vasquez would combine to ultimately assist Yusef Muqtadir with his eighth goal of the season giving the Quakers a 2-0 lead.
A fast paced game quickly saw Ohio Northern with a dangerous corner that Levi King used to assist Joe Bemont bringing Northern to within one.
Five minutes later Wilmington ended any thoughts of an ONU comeback, Muqtadir returned the favor and assisted Dogbey putting the game out of reach.
All three of Wilmington’s leading scorers contributed in the win. Muqtadir has eight goals on the season, Elorm Dogbey has seven and Vasquez has six. Felix Maurer made five saves to earn the win in goal.
Up next, Wilmington (10-0-2, 3-0-1 OAC) will return home 7 p.m. Saturday to play the Marietta College Pioneers.