A pair of second-half goals provided the margin of defeat as the Wilmington College men's soccer team fell to Capital, 2-0, in Ohio Athletic Conference action Tuesday on Townsend Field in Williams Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Wilmington had a couple of stellar chances, once in each half, but couldn't find the back of the net. Freshman Wille Winald (Asa, Sweden/Elof Lindalv) pulled one wide from five yards out, and junior Daniel Kappelin (Pixbo, Sweden/IHGR) hit the crossbar on a free kick in the second half.
- Capital's ability to get its throw-ins into the box posed problems for the WC defense, and led to the Crusaders finishing with a 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- The Crusaders finished with 20 of the 31 shots.
- Junior Benny Spirk (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) recorded Wilmington's lone shot on goal.
- Sophomore Roman Kirschner (Opava, Czech Republic/Mendel's Grammar School) and Kappelin led the team with two shots each.
- Capital tallied its first goal in the 81st minute, and then took advantage of a WC miscue to gain an insurance goal with less than a minute remaining.
- Wilmington played without its starting goalkeeper Chris Bourque (Batavia, OH/Batavia). Freshman Jacob Franke (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe) acquitted himself well in his first start, making five saves on seven shots.
"We had our chances," said Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis. "(Capital) is dangerous because they have a long throw-in, and that is how they got their corner kicks. They didn't outplay us all over the field. I liked our chances, but they just had more chances in the box because they had those throw-ins. It made a big play distinction in the game. Make no mistake, (Capital) is a good team, but we let this one get away. A tie would have been a fair outing."
Wilmington (6-5-1 overall, 0-2 OAC) travels to play Baldwin Wallace 7:30 p.m. Friday in OAC action.