‘Cane bounces back, blanks Lions 2-0

WILMINGTON — Bouncing back from its first conference loss of the season, the Wilmington High School boys soccer team defeated New Richmond 2-0 Thursday at Alumni Field.

The SBAAC American Division win puts WHS at 7-1 in league play and 12-2 overall.

“The boys are focused on our current goal of winning the SBAAC,” WHS coach Imad El-Macharrafie said. “If we beat Goshen Tuesday, we clinch.”

The Lions drop to 5-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the American.

WHS lost its first league game to Western Brown on Tuesday, 2-1.

Collin Webber has seven shutouts on the year and is believed to now have the WHS boys soccer single season record. Jalen Douglas had six shutouts in 2016.

“Kudos to not only Collin but our entire defensive unit,” El-Macharrafie said. “Avery Bradshaw, Avery Warix, Nathan Wood, Brooks Butler with help from Cory Webber and Braeden Macias on a tremendous defensive season so far. They are getting better and better as the season progresses.”

In 14 matches, Wilmington has allowed 11 goals total and no more than two in any one contest.

Caleb Macias started the scoring for the Hurricane in the first half. Caleb Reed was credited with the assist.

Brady Vilvens added an insurance goal in the second half, set up by Reed and Macias, and Webber made it stand in goal with the shutout.