NEW CONCORD — Led by goalie Lauren Galloway and a stout defense, the Wilmington College women’s soccer team blanked Muskingum 3-0 Thursday night for its first win of the season.
The Fightin’ Quakers handed the Fighting Muskies their second loss of the season, while Wilmington improved to 1-0-1.
Wilmington opened the scoring with Heidi Edens, who scored the team’s goal at Heidelberg, beating Muskies goalkeeper Katie Bodenmiller for a 1-0 lead. Taylor Huffman assisted on the game.
Wilmington had four more shots on goal in the first half but had a 1-0 lead at the intermission.
The visitors, looking to avenge a 3-1 loss in the fall of 2019, fired four shots on a new Musky netminder, Kelly Buck, in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The last of those four came off the foot of Huffman and hit the crossbar.
Not to be deterred, Huffman found the back of the net 90 seconds later, taking a pass from Haley Fulton to put the Quakers up 2-0. Ema Menges closed out the scoring in the 80th minute off a pass from Carlie Brooks.
“It was a good team win as we possessed the ball well and created good chances as well as defended,” WC head coach Steve Spirk said. “I’m especially proud of how the team responded because of some travel issues that caused a late start. We are looking forward to our home opener on Sunday.”
Galloway faced two shots on goal, saved both and, with the help of a strong defense, earned the shutout. Tiffany Hayes, Edens and Menges all took at least three shots for Wilmington.
As a team, the Quakers outshot the Muskies 22-7 and led an 11-2 edge in corner kicks.
Wilmington (1-0-1) hosts the University of Mount Union at 2 p.m. Sunday.