On Friday, September 15th, Wilmington Men’s Soccer Head Coach Bud Lewis secured his 500th career victory over the Wittenberg Tigers.
The Fightin’ Quakers entered Friday’s contest with a 1-3-1 record through five games This was Wilmington’s first time playing in front of their home crowd all year. It was only right that Coach Bud had an opportunity to get his 500th win in the team’s first home game.
The Quakers took control of the game early; Freshman Willie Winald scored two minutes into the first half. Wilmington was not done, in the 16th minute, sophomore Roman Kirschner sent a cross pass to junior Benny Spirk, who fired a shot pass the goalkeeper. This goal gave Spirk his first goal of the year, while Kirschner earned his second assist of the half.
Spirk’s goal gave Wilmington a 2-0 lead only 16 minutes into Friday’s contest. The Quakers were happy to be on the other side of the score as the Quakers fell down 2-0 in their first four games.
Sophomore Nati Wallis scored in 39th minute with a chip a shot over a charging Wittenberg goalkeeper.
Wilmington took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
The second half was physical and both sides struggled to score. In the second half there were five yellow cards, four on Wilmington and one on Wittenberg,
With 21:33 left in the second half, Junior TreShaun Pate drew a foul in the penalty box. Pate struck his penalty kick into the back of the net, giving Wilmington a 4-0 lead.
Wilmington held on to that lead, beating Wittenberg by a score of 4-0 in the 2017 Wilmington Kiwanis Classic.
This victory gave Lewis win number 500. He is now the third active coach to reach this milestone and is in 8th place on the all time Division III coaching list.
Senior goalkeeper Chris Bourque was stellar from start to finish. He had six saves, including a save on a penalty kick in the 69th minute.
“It’s been a while since we scored that many goals, it was a fantastic day.” – Chris Bourque, senior goalkeeper
After the game Bourque said, “Today we played fantastic, we started off 1-3, we needed to bounce back for a win and get on the right path again. The defense played spectacular, our attacking was on, we scored goals. It’s been a while since we scored that many goals, it was a fantastic day.”
This was Bourque’s first shutout of the year. When asked about his performance, he said “Today wasn’t a shutout for me, it was a shutout for all five of us on the defense, including the subs.” Bourque and the entire defense did a great job stopping the Wittenberg attack.
Coach Lewis was pleased with the way the team started off strong in the first half. “The players were very focused and I think our first half was the best half we’ve played all year, said Coach Lewis. “We got on the scoreboard early and often and coming into halftime with a 3-0 was a good place to be.” The team got off to an early start and never looked back.
Lewis was happy to reach 500 wins with friends and family there to cheer him on. “I really don’t care where it happened, but I will have to say it was a joy to have it here with family, friends, and particularly the alumni who have been a part of the 500 wins. It definitely is a milestone, and I am glad it is over.”