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WC upsets regionally-ranked Scots

September 14, 2013

Ashley Stockton was part of a defensive quartet that kept Wooster quiet. (Wilmington file photo)

Ashley Stockton was part of a defensive quartet that kept Wooster quiet. (Wilmington file photo)

WOOSTER – The Wilmington College women’s soccer team turned up the defense Saturday in recording the 2-1 upset over regionally-ranked Wooster in non-conference action.


“The key for us is we played well defensively,” said head coach Steve Spirk. “We marked well in the midfield, and the back four was outstanding.”

Seniors Rachel Gutowski and Jenni Marck were joined by sophomore Ashley Stockton and freshman Morgan Combs in nearly keeping the Fightin’ Scots off the board. WC held Wooster to just five shots, four by the same player.

Wooster’s lone score came on a penalty kick following a hand ball in the 86th minute.

Not only was the defensive effort effective, Wilmington controlled the pace of the game by maintaining possession offensively.

“Today, we passed the ball as well as we have all year long,” said Spirk. “In the second half, we didn’t just sit on our lead, we took it to them. We got an early goal on a free kick.”

Wilmington took an early lead as Lauren Hamrock found the back for her second goal of the season in the 11th minute.

The insurance goal came in the 57th minute when Lauren Lewis scored from a free kick from Bonnie Grace.

“I think we were well prepared for them, and talked how we were going to attack them,” said Spirk. “It’s been a long time since we have beaten this team (at Wooster).”

Wilmington (4-1-1) returns to Charlie Gilhart Field 7 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Earlham in the first of four consecutive non-conference home games.