Story by Athletic Communications Intern Adam Knaub
WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's soccer team scored five goals in the first half of a 5-0 victory over Earlham College in the Quaker Bowl rivalry game on Wednesday evening.
The victory improves the Fightin' Quakers to 4-1-0 for the season and the Hustlin' Quakers fall to 0-3-2.
Wilmington was strong out of the gate, scoring first in the sixth minute from Michael Owusu with an assist from Zach Burgmeier. Burgmeier then found the back of the net himself in the 17th minute with help from Grant Murray. Burgmeier notched another assist in the 24th minute when Ian Molfenter scored on a shot from 10 yards out. Elorm Dogbey, who has scored in all but one game this season for the Fightin' Quakers, made his mark in the 24th minute, scoring with some help from Nati Wallis. Dogbey then capped off the Wilmington victory with a goal in the 44th minute assisted by Mitch Solle and Casey Miler.
The Fightin' Quakers had a dominant first half, leading the Hustlin' Quakers in shots 16-1, nine of those shots landing on frame. Despite not scoring in the second half, Wilmington still kept the pressure up. Out-shooting Earlham 10-2 and leading the way in corner kicks 8-0.
"It took us a little bit to get into it, but once we started getting a rhythm of the game we did exactly what we needed to do," Head Men's Soccer Coach Alex Van der Sluijs said. "We really got going with our combination plays and our overloads so that part was really fun to see. I thought we had some really great goals."
Wilmington managed to hold possession for 62% of the game with most of that time being on the attacking half of the field.
The Fightin' Quakers will be back in action Saturday to host Bethany (W.V.) with a 7 p.m. kickoff time.