UPDATE: Spirk nets 5, Hurricane blanks Lions 5-0

WILMINGTON – Sam Spirk scored all five goals as Wilmington defeated New Richmond 5-0 Tuesday at Alumni Field in Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference American Division boys soccer action.

The win puts Wilmington at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the American Division.

New Richmond is now 2-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in American play.

“I thought we played well tonight through out the belly of the field which allowed us more possessions to send to our strikers,” WHS coach Imad El-Macharrafie said.

The coach said the key was the defense, which was led by starting keeper Graham Vilvens who had five saves in the net. Also El-Macharrafie said defenders Garrett Neff, Adao Russo, Nate Lakes and Matt Butcher along with midfielders Josh Vaughan, Jake Vaughan, Eli Hicks, Jacob Romer and Brady Vilvens helped WHS maintain control of the ball throughout the match.

The coach said Seth Gundlach “really made the game a lot smoother as he transitions the ball from offense to defense so well with his vision and ability, and finds seams in the (opposing) defense.

El-Macharrafie said Spirk’s play was “awesome.”

“He stretch their defense wide then attacked the middle which is really good to see him finding that avenue to the goal,” El-Macharrafie said. “Teams are able to key on him easier if he stays central, so getting him out wide is helping his vision to goal open up.”

El-Macharrafie, the former Wilmington College soccer All-American, said his squad expects to return several players to good health.

“We haven’t been at full capacity for over two weeks now with injuries plaguing key players but hopefully the next several days of rest and we can make a full recovery and get through September strong,” the coach said.

Assists on Spirk’s goals were credited to Gundlach (three), Brady Vilvens (one) and Romer (one).

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