NEWARK, Del. - - A dominate performance in front of a packed Homecoming crowd allowed the Wilmington University women's soccer team to keep pace in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference standings, defeating Dominican, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.
The Wildcats (7-5-1, 6-2 CACC) outshot the Chargers (2-9, 2-6 CACC), 34-6, for the match, putting 19 of those shots on frame. The win kept the Wildcats in a tie for third place in the CACC with 18 points.
For the fourth time in her career (and second this season), redshirt senior Loran Wyrough scored four goals in a game, tying Wilmington's single game program record. She now leads the CACC with 13 goals scored and 29 points.
Before Wyrough started scoring, it was Laura van Steveninck who put the Wildcats on the board in the first half. Fresh into the game, van Steveninck had a corner kick punched right to her by the Chargers' netminder. Her one-time shot from atop the box gave the Wildcats the 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.
Wyrough scored her first of the game just before the halftime break, crashing the net as Alexis Johnson lofted a high long shot to the far post. The Chargers' goalie was able to get a hand on the ball, by Wyrough was right there to knock it in at the 40:08 mark for her 10th of the season.
After the halftime break, the Wildcats tacked on four more goals, starting with a La'Dae Boykin blast form 15 yards out in the 56th minute. Ashley Cafarella quickly threw a ball into Jessica Unsihuay whose cross found Boykin in the middle of the box.
Wyrough started her scoring stretch in the 70th minute, racing to a long ball over the top by Rebecca Dolhansky. Wyrough was able to touch the ball around a drawn out goalkeeper and slotted it home for the 4-0 lead.
She quickly made it 5-0 in the 73rd minute, as she finished off her own penalty kick, getting fouled in the box by the goalkeeper. It was her first PK of the year and 12th goal of the season.
Wyrough finished off the scoring in the 79th minute, getting to the second chance ball in the box. Van Steveninck put a long ball form in front of her bench into the box, which was headed back into the middle of the field by the defense. Wyrough kept with the play and was able to slot the keeper for her fourth goal of the game, 6-0.
The Wildcats head to Chestnut Hill on Tuesday for their next CACC contest. The game in Philadelphia is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. opening whistle.