Sophomore Alexander Gossard tied a school record he set earlier this season with seven goals in an impressive 12-8 victory in non-conference match against the Hiram Terriers at Williams Stadium Wednesday.
Gossard (Galloway, OH/Hilliard Bradley) scored twice to open the second quarter that gave the Fightin' Quakers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The goals kick started a run in which Wilmington scored six straight to open a five-goal advantage.
"Gossard has been putting in a lot of work outside of practice to finish his shots," said Wilmington head coach Domenic Marzano. "He started handling the ball and putting it where he can find to net."
The Wilmington has been clicking in the last four games, mainly due to they have been willing to share on offense. In WC's 12 goals Wednesday, 11 of which were assisted on. Over the last four games, 74 percent of their goals were assisted on.
"What these four games have shown us is we can score," said Marzano. "When we limit our turnovers and make sure we take care of what we got to take care of, do all of the stuff fundamentally, and really hammer down our game plan, we can do it. We've won the last four games by five or more goals. Fourth quarter they have really been really doing well. They don't give up. They're getting close leads after the third and fourth quarter and keeping them, which is tough to do for a young team."
Sophomore Jalen Jackson (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) has been the main distributor, recording six assists in the game to bring his season total to 29. Freshman Reid Delaney (Wooster, OH/Wooster) added four assists.
"The offense is starting to see looks," said Marzano. "We have five or six guys everyday producing points, which is a really good thing to see. We are getting a lot more assisted goals, which is something we have been focusing on. It has been a one-man show. Somebody goes, somebody shots. We are finally seeing the looks inside the offense, which is great."
The short-handed goal was pivotal as the Terriers trimmed Wilmington's lead to two goals, and were still in the middle of a two-minute non-release minute. In fact, Hiram held a man advantage for nearly all of the final four minutes.
Freshman Paul Koerbel (Maineville, OH/Kings) recorded 17 saves and stabilized Wilmington's power-play defense.
Wilmington, winners of four straight, are fully aware the toughest portion of its schedule in one the horizon.
"The hard part of schedule is coming up. We get into the OAC in two games," said Marzano. "The OAC is a tough league to play in right now even though they are young teams. They are well-coached teams with good athletes. It is going to be tough to get in the OAC. But it's exciting."
The Fightin' Quakers (4-4) travel to Transylvania noon Saturday.