SECAUCUS, N.J. - - A second half comeback fell short as the Wilmington University men's soccer team ran out of time at Alliance, falling, 4-3, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Laurel Hill Park.
Alliance jumped out with three first half goals and led, 4-1, with 34:21 remaining in the game. The Wildcats (8-4-5, 6-2-3 CACC) scored goals in the 68th and 83rd minutes but ran out of time before being able to find the game-tying goal.
Alliance jumped out quickly on the Wildcats, scoring goals just 3:20 and 5:40 into the match. They added another goal 28:03 into the match, making it 3-0.
Tajhay Williams got the Wildcats on the board in the 38th minute with his sixth goal of the season. The Wildcats went into the half trailing, 3-1, with Alliance leading in shots, 7-3, despite the Wildcats earning more corners, 5-3.
The Wildcats had a string of three straight shots five minutes into the second half, but shots by Varmah Siryon and Williams were saved. With the Wildcats pressing to get back into the game, Alliance found the back of the net yet again, making it 4-1 in the 56th minute.
Mad-Emil Roestbaerg put a shot on frame that was saved, with the rebound going out of bounds for a corner. Tyler Guadagno got a shot off following the corner and the Wildcats finally cashed in on their third corner of the sequence. Colby Niggebrugge got on the end of a Tyler Guadagno corner in the 68th minute, scoring his first goal of the season and making it 4-2.
The comeback was on for the Wildcats as Osiel Robledo followed with a pair of shots, the second being saved in the 71st minute. Yohan Kim got a shot off in the 82nd minute before the Wildcats cut it even closer.
It was another corner or the Wildcats, this time as Cody Niggebrugge scored his first collegiate career goal in his first collegiate career appearance off a feed by Robledo in the 83rd minute, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
But that would be the final shot the Wildcats would get off in the contest, as Alliance held on for the 4-3 victory.
Alliance led in shot, 15-13, despite the Wildcats earned more corners, 14-4. Bas Markus made three saves in the loss.
The Wildcats are in fifth in the CACC Standings with one game remaining. There is still a possibility of the Wildcats finishing third or fourth with a win over Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday afternoon. The game at the WU Athletics Complex is set for a 3:30 p.m. start.