BEREA, Ohio – The Wilmington College women’s soccer team scored in the third minute and added three more first-half goals in a 4-0 shutout of Baldwin Wallace University (BW) at George Finnie Stadium on Monday evening. It was the Fightin’ Quakers’ first win in Berea in over a decade.
Heidi Edens opened the scoring with her third goal of the year in the third minute of the game. BW’s Kaitlin McGuire looked to even the less than two minutes later, but her shot was saved by Wilmington goalkeeper, Lauren Galloway. Five minutes later, the Fightin’ Quakers doubled their lead as Mackenzie Weaver slipped a pass to Carlie Brooks who scored her first goal of the season in the 10th minute.
Wilmington wasn’t done, however, as Taylor Huffman made the score 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the 32nd minute. BW, which was outshot by the Quakers 10-6 in the first half, couldn’t get to halftime with a three-goal deficit as Jenna Victor found Mackenzie Faul with 38 seconds to play.
Down 4-0 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets pelted 14 second-half shots, but were only able to beat Galloway once, and that one time happened a minute into the second half off the foot of Maddie Farrell.
Galloway would earn the win, making 10 saves on 11 shots on goal while Maddie Hoffman took the loss, saving just 3-of-7 shots on goal.
Edens and Brooks combined for half of the Quakers’ 10 shots as a team while Morgan Gray led the Yellow Jackets with four shots in defeat.
“Four outstanding first half goals was the difference tonight as four different forwards scored,” Head Coach Steve Spirk said. “Defense and midfield played tough and withstood the pressure in the second half.”
Wilmington, which snapped a two-game losing skid to the BW with the win, improves to 3-2-2 on the season and will host Capital University on Thursday evening.