WC women fall to 0-4 after 2-1 defeat

WILMINGTON — Wittenberg University scored one goal in each half in a 2-1 victory over the Wilmington College women’s soccer team in a non-conference match at Townsend Field Wednesday evening.

The contest started with a flurry of activity but no scoring. The Tigers nearly opened the scoring in the first minute when Hannah Heald broke through the Fightin’ Quaker defense, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar. Three minutes later, Maddie Scott got a window and fired a shot that was block by the Wittenberg defense. A high shot off the foot of Amy Bidwell in the sixth minute would give way to nearly 10 minutes without a shot for either side.

In the 16th minute, Wittenberg sent a cross toward the top of the box. Wilmington’s back line pushed up trying to draw an offside violation, but Heald stayed onside. Quaker goalkeeper Lauren Galloway charged, but Heald slipped a low shot into the lower corner for the only goal of the first half.

The Quakers, seemingly energized by the crowd at Williams Stadium, fired three shots in the first four minutes after taking just four in the first 45 minutes. One of those earned a corner kick, and Abby Spirk’s corner to the near side found the head of Courtney Ryan, whose shot beat Wittenberg goalkeeper Emma Schewe to the near side.

Wittenberg went on to score the game-winner in the 70th minute as Heald fed a pass to Alix Steele who finished just outside the six-yard box.

Wilmington (0-4-0) remains at home this weekend when Anderson University (Indiana) comes to Townsend Field 2 p.m. Saturday.