Men's soccer drops physical contest

WILMINGTON, OH - The Wilmington College men's soccer team had its two-game winning streak snapped Wednesday at Charlie Gilhart Field in non-conference action, falling to Transylvania, 1-0.

Transylvania took advantage of a Wilmington miscue deep in Quakers' territory and promptly turned it into a goal in the matches fourth minute.

"I thought, like I told my players, that we werent' playing with the level of intensiy to play a very good Transylvania team," said head coach Bud Lewis. It took so long to get into the rhythm and intensity. We only played about 10 to 15 minutes, we didn't leave it all on the field."

Wilmington had plenty of chances to come away with the equalizer, but they simply couldn't find the back of the net. The best chance came in the ninth minute, however, sophomore Henrik Hornnaess dinged his penalty kick off the post.

Late in the match, the Fightin' Quakers pressured the Transy front third - and was able to get some good looks. A diving head from sophomore Erik Hammar sailed high. Several more potentially dangerous runs against a seemingly tired Pioneer went unfruitful as chance after chance went awry.

It was a fairly physical game with 13 fouls, five yellow cards and one red card called in the contest.

"There was a lot of contact," said Lewis. "Our lack of composure was disappointing."

Wilmington (2-3) will host Earlham 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Charlie Gilhart Field.