*Story by Alex Trevino
WILMINGTON, Ohio - On Saturday, the Marietta College Pioneers (4-6-2, 1-2-1) come to town to take on the Wilmington College men's soccer team (10-0-2, 3-0-1). Kickoff from Williams Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Teams: Wilmington and Marietta. Marietta is a dangerous team looking to find its footing after a rocky start to OAC play. Marietta made the conference final last year knocking out the Quakers in the semifinal of the conference tournament. Wilmington is undefeated on the season and looks to avenge last seasons loss this Saturday.
The Coaches: Alex Van der Sluijs is in his fourth year leading Wilmington's men's soccer team. The 2007 alumnus, who was a three-time First Team All-OAC selection and a member of the program's only team to win an OAC title in 2004, got the program within a shootout victory of playing for an OAC Tournament title in the spring of 2021. He worked at Defiance College for seven seasons. Joe Bergin is in his eighth year as the head coach of the Marietta Pioneers. Bergin has led his team to six conference titles in his eight year stint with the Pioneers.
The Players: Seniors Yusef Muqtadir and Elorm Dogbey lead the Quaker offense combining for 15 goals and five assists. Junior Jeffry Vasquez is having a fantastic breakout year with six goals and three assists. Goalkeeper Felix Maurer has the second best save percentage in the conference. Reggie Grayek leads the Pioneer offense with five goals.
Regional Rankings: Wilmington is currently fourth in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Regional Rankings.
Series History: Wilmington is 4-5-1 in the last 10 meetings with Marietta. More information on thre series history can be viewed by visiting the link above.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Follow Wilmington athletics on social media! The Fightin' Quakers have a presence on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@DubCQuakers).
Up Next: The Quakers remain home next Wednesday to take on the Otterbein University Cardinals at 7 p.m.