On Saturday October 30th, the Wilmington Women’s Soccer team took on the John Carroll Blue Streaks, in the Quakers Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) opener at home.
This contest was a physical battle from start to finish, with both teams displaying their toughness on the defensive side of the ball.
Both teams had opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net. John Carroll took nine shots, and were able to get six shots on goal, but all of their attempts were saved by Wilmington’s senior goalkeeper Ana Hosler.
“I just knew as soon as I started warming up that I was going to have a good game.” – Ana Hosler, senior goalkeeper
“I just knew as soon as I started warming up that I was going to have a good game. I was ready to start OAC play with my team and I kept telling myself the entire game I wasn’t going to let anyone in my net. I am not a one-man show, I couldn’t have done it without my four defensive backs,” said Hosler.
The Quakers also had their share of chances to put a shot past the opposing goalkeeper. Wilmington had a total of eights shots and managed to get four shots on goal. Sophomore forward Alex Vestal was able to get 2 of her 3 shots on goal. The other two shots on goal came from senior forward Ashley Lovett and Junior forward Kaitlin Evans.
“Overall we are a very strong team it showed in the way we played. Being the first conference match, it takes a little while to get used to the intensity and skill level that is expected to compete with the other teams in the OAC. We definitely outplayed John Carroll but just couldn’t finish the chances that we had. There are many more conference games to be played and we can only improve from here,” said junior forward Sarah Pierce.
“Overall we are a very strong team it showed in the way we played. Being the first conference match, it takes a little while to get used to the intensity..” – Sarah Pierce, junior forward
Although the contest ended in a draw, there are some positive things the Quakers can take away and improve on as continue conference play.