UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Faced with a must-win situation to advance to the post-season, the Wilmington College women’s soccer team came through with its best game of the season.
Led by goalkeeper Lauren Galloway, WC blanked John Carroll University 2-0 on the road in the regular season finale Saturday evening.
“The team picked a good time to play its best game of the year,” WC women’s coach Steve Spirk said. “We had to win to make it (to the OAC tournament) and wanted it badly. I am very proud of them.”
The win gives the Fightin’ Quakers a berth in the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2015. Wilmington (9-7-1, 4-5-1 OAC), as the No. 6 seed, will travel to No. 3 Otterbein University Tuesday evening.
Neither side scored in the first half, but Wilmington held an 11-3 edge in shots including a 4-0 margin in shots on goal.
Courtney Ryan broke the deadlock in the 56th minute, scoring the first goal of her career unassisted. Less than 15 minutes later, Abby Spirk took a pass from Tiffany Hayes and doubled the visitors’ lead and put the game away, vaulting Wilmington into the postseason.
Galloway earned the win making four saves. Wilmington outshot JCU 15-11 and was led by Maddie Scott with five total shots.