Still unbeaten but Quakers play to 1-1 OAC draw

By Alex Trevino - WC Contributor

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College men’s soccer team trailed 1-0 through 85 hotly-contested minutes in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest with Marietta College on Saturday evening.

Senior Yusef Muqtadir, making a habit of late goals this season, broke through and brought the Fightin’ Quakers level with the Pioneers.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw keeps the 13-match undefeated streak alive and brings Wilmington’s record to 10-0-3 overall and 3-0-2 in OAC play. The Pioneers are now 4-6-3 overall and 1-2-2 in conference games.

The Quakers had some sharpness issues early on, having two offensive chances disallowed in the first half due to offside penalties, but nonetheless they were able to play Marietta even for nearly the entire first half. A goal off of a free kick in the 41st minute by Reggie Grayek, his sixth of the season, gave Marietta a 1-0 lead heading into the half. The two sides each registered eight shots on goal in the first half.

In a tale of two halves, the Quakers came out in the second half firing. The Marietta defense, led by goalkeeper Ryan Rucillo, matched the Quaker intensity in a pitched battle that saw the Quakers take 15 second half shots. In one frantic minute, Wilmington shot five times and each time a Marietta defender was just able to get a foot on the ball and deflect it wide. With Wilmington playing at a fever pitch, it seemed a matter of time before a breakthrough. The 85th minute shots on target by Yusef Muqtadir and Brady Vilvens which were deflected over the goal by Ryan Rucillo. Seconds later, Yusef Muqtadir would find a deflected ball at his feet, seemingly the first fortuitous bounce of the game, and neatly put it in the back of the net tying the game at 1-1. Not content playing for a draw, Wilmington would put two more shots on target before the whistle blew on regulation.

The overtime periods were controlled by Wilmington. Marietta failed to take a shot while Wilmington had four. Neither team was able to score again and the game would end in a 1-1 draw. The Quakers finished with a 27-12 edge in shots including by a 15-4 margin in the second half.

Muqtadir scored his ninth goal of the season while Reggie Grayek scored his sixth goal of the season. Brady Shapiro, Brady Vilvens, Ryan Forino and Grant Murray were all assessed a yellow card.

Up next, Wilmington takes on Otterbein University in a clash of undefeated teams at Williams Stadium Wednesday at 7 p.m.

By Alex Trevino

WC Contributor