Spirk, Vaughan lead Hurricane over Spartans 1-0


By Seth Murdock - WNJ Sports Writer



Brady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber

Brady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber


Brady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber


Garrett Neff (2) and Matt Butcher (13) | Photo by Mark Huber


Garrett Neff (2) and Eli Hicks (18) | Photo by Mark Huber


Garrett Neff (2) | Photo by Mark Huber


Eli Hicks (18) and Charly Schumacher (6) | Photo by Mark Huber


Sam Spirk | Photo by Mark Huber


Adao Russo (8) and Garrett Neff (2) | Photo by Mark Huber


Seth Gundlach (10) | Photo by Mark Huber


Matt Butcher (13) | Photo by Mark Huber


Matt Butcher (13) and Brady Vilvens (1) | Photo by Mark Huber


Eli Hicks (18) | Photo by Mark Huber


Jake Vaughan | Photo by Mark Huber


The Wilmington High School boys soccer team earned a 1-0 win over the Waynesville Spartans at Alumni Field in a Division II sectional tournament match Tuesday night.

“I can’t thank the kids enough,” said Wilmington head coach Imad El-Macharaffie. “They played their hearts out.”

The win moves WHS into the second round where they will play at Ross 7 p.m Saturday night.

“I think the difference between us and (Waynesville) tonight was the offense. We had way more chances in front of their goal than they did on us,” El-Macharaffie said.

After a scoreless first half, Wilmington quickly got after things in the second 40 minutes. A perfect leading pass from Charly Schumacher to Sam Spirk ended with a goal giving Wilmington a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.

The Hurricanes played stout defense for the remainder of the half as they stopped many Spartans attempts to send the match into overtime.

Jake Vaughan had a perfect debut in goal for Wilmington as he was able to make many game defining saves in the last minutes. Vaughan replaced Graham Vilvens, the regular WHS goalkeeper who missed the match because of injury.

“It was a great win for us. We beat a team that was 12-3-1. I am proud of the guys and we are going to work very hard this week preparing for Ross,” said El-Macharaffie.

Brady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_1awv.jpgBrady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber

Brady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_1wv.jpgBrady Vilvens | Photo by Mark Huber

Garrett Neff (2) and Matt Butcher (13) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_2_13wv.jpgGarrett Neff (2) and Matt Butcher (13) | Photo by Mark Huber

Garrett Neff (2) and Eli Hicks (18) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_2_18wv.jpgGarrett Neff (2) and Eli Hicks (18) | Photo by Mark Huber

Garrett Neff (2) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_2wv.jpgGarrett Neff (2) | Photo by Mark Huber

Eli Hicks (18) and Charly Schumacher (6) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_6wv.jpgEli Hicks (18) and Charly Schumacher (6) | Photo by Mark Huber

Sam Spirk | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_7wv.jpgSam Spirk | Photo by Mark Huber

Adao Russo (8) and Garrett Neff (2) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_8_2wv.jpgAdao Russo (8) and Garrett Neff (2) | Photo by Mark Huber

Seth Gundlach (10) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_10wv.jpgSeth Gundlach (10) | Photo by Mark Huber

Matt Butcher (13) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_13awv.jpgMatt Butcher (13) | Photo by Mark Huber

Matt Butcher (13) and Brady Vilvens (1) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_13wv.jpgMatt Butcher (13) and Brady Vilvens (1) | Photo by Mark Huber

Eli Hicks (18) | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_18wv.jpgEli Hicks (18) | Photo by Mark Huber

Jake Vaughan | Photo by Mark Huber
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/10/web1_BSOC_wil_keeperwv.jpgJake Vaughan | Photo by Mark Huber

By Seth Murdock

WNJ Sports Writer

Seth Murdock covers high school sports for the News Journal.

Seth Murdock covers high school sports for the News Journal.