WC men blanked 2-0 but advances to OAC tourney


UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Wilmington College men’s soccer team had just one shot on goal in a 2-0 defeat at John Carroll University Saturday in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest at Don Shula Stadium.

The Blue Streaks opened the scoring in the 18th minute when James Hoover fed a pass to Benjamin Hryszko who beat Wilmington goalkeeper Felix Maurer. The Fightin’ Quakers, trying to win at JCU for the first time since at least becoming an NCAA Division III member in the early 1990s, nearly equalized in the 30th minute when Elorm Dogbey’s shot caromed off the crossbar.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, Wilmington worked to find an opening in the stout Blue Streak defense in the 77th minute. Ryan Forino fired a low shot that was saved by JCU goalkeeper Connor Robinson. That would be the only shot on goal for the visitors in the contest. Wilmington, which played a man down the final 18 minutes, threw numbers forward in the waning moments to try and tie the game. JCU took advantage, however, and put the game away in the 90th minute on a goal Hoover.

JCU held a 14-6 edge in total shots including by a 7-1 margin in shots on goal. Robinson made the one save to earn the win while Maurer had five saves to take his second loss of the season. Dogbey took three of the Quakers’ six shots while Hyrszko led the Blue Streaks with four shots and three of them on net.

Wilmington concludes its 2021 fall regular season with a 12-2-3 overall record and a 5-2-2 mark in OAC play. The Quakers, who finish third in the league for the second consecutive season, will host Capital University, also for a second consecutive season, in an OAC tournament quarterfinal at Williams Stadium Tuesday.

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