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Wilmington Men's Soccer 2019 Season in Review

The men's soccer team opened its 2019 season with a 10-0 rout of Cincinnati State University in a game played at Williams Stadium on Aug. 31.

Nine different Quakers scored in a game that was 6-0 at halftime. Wilmington took 37 shots as a team and surrendered just two.

Wilmington's first road test came at Mount St. Joseph University on Sept. 3, and the Fightin' Quakers passed with flying colors. The Green & White scored two goals in the first half - from Kevin Kamara and Elorm Dogbey - to take a 2-0 lead. Three more goals in the second half, led in large part by a 31-4 shots advantage

Photos, courtesy of Randy Sarvis, of WC's 5-0 win at Mount St. Joseph.
Schedule for the 2019 Kiwanis Classic
Wilmington's first defeat of the season came at the hands of Adrian College as the Bulldogs scored the game's only goal on a long-distance strike. The following day, the Quakers rebounded to defeat Grove City College (Pennsylvania) 2-0.

Sitting at 3-1, the Quaker went on a roll - rattling off four straight victories including three in shutout fashion.

The first of these was a 5-0 whitewashing of Earlham College in the Quaker Bowl Rivalry. The Fightin' Quakers netted all five goals in the first half and out-shot the Hustlin' Quakers 26-3.

The second victory, 3-0 over Bethany College (West Virginia), was not as close as the score depicted, but the third win was anything but that. On Sept. 17, Wilmington traveled to nearly Springfield, Ohio, for a non-conference contest with Wittenberg University. The Quakers built a 2-0 halftime lead and hung on for the win.

Standing at 6-1, the Quakers improved to 7-1 with an 11-0 massacre of Franklin College on Sept. 20. Non-conference play, and the month of September, concluded with a 2-1 defeat at nationally-ranked Kenyon College and a 1-1 draw at Anderson University.

Wilmington opened OAC play determined to get revenge on Heidelberg University as the Student Princes took the opener last year. Two first-half goals fave the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish.

Wilmington's next opponent, Muskingum University, entered the game with just three victories over the Quakers since 1991. WC would not allow MU a fourth, earning a 5-0 win thanks to a 14-1 shots advantage.

After a scoreless draw with nationally-ranked the University of Mount Union on Oct. 12, Wilmington sat 9-2-2 overall and 2-0-1 in OAC play. The Quakers returned to Williams Stadium for another matchup with a nationally-ranked team - Ohio Northern University.

In perhaps the pinnacle of the season, Wilmington broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 89th minute as Bruce Anthony pounced on a loose ball in the box to give the Quakers a 2-1 win.

After the Ohio Northern victory, Wilmington was 10-2-2 overall, 3-0-1 in conference play and appeared in the regional rankings. Unfortunately for the Green & White, the second half of October proved to be quite unkind. Injuries mounted and Wilmington was unable to record a victory over the final five games, missing out on OAC Tournament qualification by a single game for the second consecutive season.

There were plenty of post-season honors to handout for a team that finished 10-7-2 overall and 3-5-1 in OAC play.

Ian Molfenter led the Fightin' Quakers offense with 11 goals and one assist to earn first team recognition. Molfenter started 18 of 19 games and picked up momentum late in the season with seven goals in conference play.

Zach Burgmeier received second team honors in his first season with the Quakers. Burgmeier started all 19 games for Wilmington and scored nine goals and dished out six assists with two game-winning goals.

Thompson Birch was awarded honorable mention as a defender for the Quakers, the senior started 17 games for Wilmington and recorded nine shots with three on goal.

Four individuals earned All-Ohio honors while Zach Burgmeier, in his first year with the program, was named Third Team All-Central Region by the United Soccer Coaches.