Quakers slosh past Muskingum
Graham goal lifts WC to 1-0 win
October 1, 2011
Taylor Estes (at left) and the Quakers were 1-0 winners at Muskingum.
NEW CONCORD — Wilmington College evened its Ohio Athletic Conference record at 1-1 with a 1-0 win at Muskingum Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers are now 6-3-1 overall. Muskingum drops to 0-2-0 in conference play, 5-6-0 for the season.
“This was a big win, a very big win for our guys,” Wilmington head coach Bud Lewis said. “The guys have just said, ‘Hey, we are in the OAC now and we can’t give away games.’ Muskingum has beaten us three straight years, so this was a very important win for us.”
Wilmington got the game-winning goal in the 32nd minute courtesy of Jeff Graham (Kettering/Carroll), who scored off a combination assist from Evan Schlagetter (Sidney) and Erik Hammar (Stockholm, Sweden/Ava Gymnasium).
“That was Jeff’s first collegiate goal and it was a nice one,” Lewis said. “Erik came into the game, took the ball down the wing and served it to Evan, who flicked it through. Jeff did a great job of finishing.”
The rest of the game was more of a blue-collar struggle as both teams battled one another and muddy field conditions.
Wilmington’s defense came up big down the stretch to hold off the Muskies and preserve the shutout win.
“Our back four was fantastic in the last 15 minutes,” Lewis said. “Muskingum really put some pressure on us, but Henrik Hornnaess, Ben Armstrong, Drew Fields and Martin Holmquist made huge tackles at critical times.”
The game was as close statistically as it was on the scoreboard. Wilmington took 12 shots to Muskingum’s 11. Both teams took six corner kicks.
“This was a good win against a team that is going to win some conference games,” Lewis said. “We did the things we needed to do to come up and have some success.”
The Quakers will host Denison in non-conference action Tuesday night.