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Wilmington Women's Soccer 2019 Season in Review

Wilmington opened its 2019 season with a pair of 1-0 defeats against non-conference teams that would finish with winning records. The Fightin' Quakers fell to Thomas More College on Sept. 4.

Next up was the home-opener against Anderson University on Sept. 7. Via a penalty kick late in the first half, the Ravens took the win.

Wilmington got its first win of the season at Cincinnati Christian University 6-2 on Sept. 11. The Quakers then return to Williams Stadium for a convincing 3-0 triumph over Bethany College (West Virginia).

Standing at an even 2-2-0, Wilmington welcomed Earlham College to Williams Stadium for a Quaker Bowl Rivalry game. An early second-half goal gave WC a win in a defensive contest.

After a double-overtime, scoreless draw at Wittenberg University, the Figthin' Quakers concluded non-conference play with two more Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) foes. The first - a win over Transylvania University on Sept. 25.

The second - a dominant win over Defiance College.

As the calendar turned to October, so did the Quakers' schedule. Non-conference competition was done, and Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) began with Heidelberg University on Oct. 5. Heading into the game, Wilmington had not surrendered a goal in over 500 minutes of game time.

Freshman Lauren Galloway makes a save

That trend continued as the Quaker defense, along with goalkeeper Lauren Galloway, pitched another shutout. After a scoreless 90 minutes, Heidi Edens scored unassisted in overtime, sending the visitors back to campus with a victory!

After the Heidelberg victory, Wilmington was riding a seven-game streak of earning at least a tie - six of those were victories. The Quakers next traveled to Muskingum University, a program that hadn't ever beaten Wilmington.

That would change, however, as the Fighting Muskies were the better team in a 3-1 win. Wilmington didn't allow the affect of that loss to linger though as the Quakers rebounded with a 3-1 win against the University of Mount Union on Oct. 12.

The team celebrating after a goal against Mount Union.

After the Mount Union victory, Wilmington sat at 7-3-1 overall and 2-1-0 in OAC competition. The second two thirds of the schedule would prove to be very difficult. Losses to perennial nationally-ranked foes Ohio Northern University and Otterbein University followed, though a 1-0 win over Marietta College was sandwiched in between.

With three games to play in the regular season, the Quakers were a single victory from a berth in the OAC Tournament. That birth would have to wait, however, as losses at Baldwin Wallace University (1-0) and against Capital University on Senior Night (3-0) delayed the gratification of a postseason appearance.

Similar to 2018, Wilmington played John Carroll University in the regular season finale. A win or a tie would seal a postseason game for the program for the first time since 2019.

This time, the Quakers finished, delivering perhaps their best game of the season in a 2-0 win in University Heights.

Photos of the OAC Tournament quarterfinal at Otterbein

Wilmington, with its 4-5-0 conference mark, earned the OAC Tournament's final seed. As the No. 6 seed, the Quakers traveled to Westerville to face Otterbein, a team that had won 4-0 in the regular-season matchup.

Riley Allison found Mackenzie Weaver for the opening goal in the 21st minute, and the Quaker defense, backed by 10 saves from Lauren Galloway, held the 1-0 advantage through 75 minutes. Otterbein answered, however, as Bella Shivley, the OAC's leading scorer, found the back of the net unassisted in the 80th minute.

Maddie Scott broke free in the waning moments, but her shot was saved by Erin Gordon. The Cardinals went on to win the game in double overtime.

"I'm proud of the effort of the team tonight. We played hard and with intensity and almost finished. To lose in overtime is tough, but we won't hang our heads." - Head Coach Steve Spirk after the season ended at Otterbein.

In total, Wilmington finished 9-8-0 overall and 4-5-0 in conference competition. Several individuals earned post-season awards - including Lauren Galloway and Taylor Huffman garnering All-OAC honors.

Galloway recorded an astounding 106 saves in 18 games played, including a 21 save game at Wittenberg. She allowed just 18 goals and seven shutouts with a goals against average of 1.05. She also garnered OAC All-Tournament honors.

Huffman scored six goals for the Fightin' Quakers including two game-winning goals. She also dished out three assists to lead the Quakers in offensive points with 15.

Additionally, five individuals earned All-Ohio honors while Amy Johnson, Rileigh Lefever and Tiffany Hayes were named Academic All-OAC.