WC men earn OAC tourney berth with win over BW

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College men’s soccer team avenged a defeat at the hands of Baldwin Wallace University at home in 2019 with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Yellow Jackets on Monday evening.

The win gives Wilmington a berth in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament for the first time since the 2012 season.

The Fightin’ Quakers opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Ian Moltenter ran down a ball from Brady Shapiro down the near side of Williams Stadium. Molfenter sent a low cross into the box that was deflected by BW goalkeeper Matt Weaver. The deflection, however, went right to Elorm Dogbey, who with his back to goal, sent a pass to Casey Miller who simply put the ball in the open net. Wilmington kept up the pressure and it paid off in the 20th minute. Yusef Muqtadir beat two Yellow Jacket defenders on the far side and fired a low shot at the far post. Weaver made the save, but the rebound went right to Ian Molfenter who buried the second goal of the game. The hosts, which held the visitors to a single shot, took the 2-0 lead into halftime.

Baldwin Wallace started the second half with perhaps its best offensive pressure as the Yellow Jackets fired two shots on goal in the first five minutes. One of those shots, which came off a corner kick, was cleared off the back post by Vincent Kartengren. Two minutes later, it was Wilmington’s turn to earn a corner kick, and the Quakers capitalized as Shapiro’s service found the foot of Muqtadir for the third goal of the game. Up 3-0, Wilmington was content to possess the rest of the game, but did score one more on perhaps one of the prettiest goals of the season.

Wilmington earned a free kick near midfield, and Shapiro sent the ball to the far post directed at Jeffry Vasquez. Instead of going for goal at a bad angle, Vasquez headed it back to the near post where Bryce Roberts was waiting to head it into the open net.

Felix Maurer improved to 6-1-0 making two saves and earning his fifth shutout of the season while Weaver took the loss allowing four goals on eight shots with four saves. The Quakers held a 20-8 edge in shots including a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.

Wilmington (6-1-0) will head to Capital University 7 p.m. Thursday.