WC men rally for 2-2 tie with Kalamazoo

ADA – Junior Niklas Martennson tallied a pair of second-half goals as Wilmington fought back from a 2-nil deficit to earn a 2-2 tie with Kalamazoo in the third game of the 2017 Ohio Northern Invitational Saturday.

It marked the fourth consecutive game Wilmington went down by a pair of goals and the third straight game allowing two first-half goals.

Martensson scored multiple goals for the third time in his career, the first time this season. He also was issued a yellow card and a red card.

Martennson scored in the 50th minute off a free kick and then knotted the game in the 83rd minute.

Wilmington played the end of regulation and both overtimes with 10 players. The Hornets launched both shots in the extra sessions.

Kalamazoo took the early lead with a goal in the sixth minute and then added another goal in the 21st minute.

“We were not playing particularly well,” head coach Bud Lewis said about the first half. “We needed to find a way to get back into the game. The team was resilient, fighting back from being down 2-nil.”

The two teams combined to be called for 35 fouls with three yellow cards and a red card.

WC senior Chris Bourque recorded seven saves on nine shots.

“Neither team created dangerous opportunities (in overtime),” said Lewis. “I thought it was a fair outcome, score-wise.”

Wilmington (1-3-1) hosts the Kiwanis Classic Friday and Saturday. The Fightin’ Quakers plays Wittenberg 7:30 p.m. Friday and UC-Clermont 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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