Photo of Jackie Trafton. Copyright 2015; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by James Jones.
NEWARK, Del. - - Sophomore Loran Wyrough put the Wilmington University women's soccer team on top early, but LIU Post was too much for the Wildcats, scoring five unanswered goals to win, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.
LIU Post (6-1), ranked No. 4 in the latest NSCAA Division II East Region Poll, tied the match in the 41st minute, but then scored twice early in the second half to take the wind out of the sails in the Wildcats (2-3).
The Wildcats hung tough in the first 45 minutes, controlling possession for a majority of the half. Wyrough put the Wildcats on top in the 14th minute, scoring her third goal of the season.
The sophomore raced past the back line of the Pioneers, getting a through ball down the middle from Rebecca Dolhansky. Beating the Pioneer goalkeeper to the ball in the box, Wyrough volleyed the ball on the bounce, dipping it below the crossbar just 13:17 into the contest.
The Wildcats held off the Pioneer attack until late in the first half before leading scoring Susanne Vistnes buried a cross from Hillevi Eklow to tie the game, 1-1, in the 41st minute.
LIU Post outshot the Wildcats, 5-4, and earned more corners, 3-1, in the first half.
After the break, it was all LIU Post. The Pioneers broke the 1-1 tie with a goal just 1:36 into the second half before adding a third goal less than two minutes later. The Pioneers also added insurance goals in the 78th and 84th minutes, closing out the 5-1 victory.
The Pioneers outshot the Wildcats, 10-0, while also earning more corners, 6-0, in the second half.
Wildcats' goalkeeper Kierstyn Williams recorded five saves in the contest while the Pioneers split time between a pair of student-athletes. Felicia Orderud came on in the second half to earn the win while Katelyn Phillips started the contest and made one save.
The Wildcats take to the road for their next two games, starting with a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest at Concordia on Saturday. The women start a soccer doubleheader at 12:00 p.m. in Bronxville, N.Y.