WILMINGTON – The Wilmington College women’s soccer team erupted for four second-half goals in a 5-0 shutout win over Muskingum University in Ohio Athletic Conference action Wednesday evening at Townsend Field.
The win was the Fightin’ Quakers’ sixth straight and improves Wilmington to 8-2-0 overall and 2-0-0 in OAC competition.
With the victory, Wilmington improves to 23-0-1 against Muskingum since becoming an NCAA Division III member prior to the 1991 season.
Wilmington faces its first OAC road test Saturday at the University of Mount Union. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Wilmington allowed just one shot on goal against the Muskies and it came at the 2:25 mark and was saved by Leda Moyer.
Alex Vestal broke the scoreless deadlock as she received a ball down the near side of Williams Stadium in the 28th minute. She took the dribble inside and fired a low shot to the far post past the outstretched arms of Muskingum’s goalkeeper.
The Quakers nearly struck for a second goal in the first half, but WC was denied a penalty kick attempt from Taylor Leake to keep the score 1-0.
The floodgates opened in the second half, however, as Kaitlin Evans fired a howitzer from 30 yards out off a pass from Leake. Just over 10 minutes later, Vestal completed a beautiful array of passing as she took a Madison Wiedeman pass and buried her sixth goal of the season at the 63:46 mark.
Wilmington wasn’t done as Wiedeman got in the scoring column in the 72nd minute after a beating the Muskingum defense to finish in breakaway fashion. The Quakers’ final goal came on a set piece as Sarah Pierce corner kick found the head of Tiffany Hayes in the 83rd minute.
Wilmington outshot Muskingum 27-4 in the contest including a 13-1 margin in shots in goal.
Leda Moyer earned the victory in goal for Wilmington making one save in the game. Peyton Pakozdi kept the shutout playing the final 15:49 in net.