Men's Soccer Unable To Knock Wilmington From Unbeatens

Junior Borja scored his first career goal during a Sept. 15, 2018, home loss to Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)
Junior Borja scored his first career goal during a Sept. 15, 2018, home loss to Wilmington. (Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Wilmington (Del.) University scored three times in a eight-minute, 18-second stretch early in the second half to put away an eventual 6-1 victory over host Felician University in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's soccer action on Saturday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Strikers Will Stone (Littlehampton, England/Littlehampton Academy), a senior, and junior Tom Garratt (Kingswinford, England/Dudley College) each registered a goal and an assist to help keep Wilmington (3-0-3, 1-0-1 CACC) undefeated in 2018. Felician junior midfielder Junior Borja (Kearny, N.J./Kearny) tallied his first goal as a collegian in the 80th minute.

The Wildcats first dented the scoreboard in the 26th minute. Junior Callum McHale (Brighton, England/Downlands) crossed a ball deep into the 18-yard box which connected with senior Sam Jester (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink). Jester took two touches and slid the ball into the net.

With 12:43 left in the first half, a Felician player was sent off on a direct red card. The hosts weathered the situation long enough to enter halftime trailing by the same 1-0 tally. Felician then nearly drew even early in period two, as Conor McKenna (Navan, Ireland/St. Patrick's Classical) had a header off a corner kick saved by WU senior goalkeeper Vinny Tasca (Audubon, Pa./Methacton), and moments later Kevin Valdivia (Hawthorne, N.J/PCTI) nailed the crossbar with a shot from the deep left.

Junior Fredrik Bentdal (Lillehammer, Norway/Lillehammer VGS), however, buried a direct kick in the 55th minute to double the Wildcat lead. Not long thereafter, the visitors began to leverage the man advantage, using liberal substitutions off a deep bench to keep the pressure on the Golden Falcons. Wilmington struck again in the 61st and 63rd minutes to take full control.

With his team trailing, 5-0, Borja recorded an unassisted marker with 10:16 showing on the game clock. The Wildcats scored with 2:35 to play for the final margin. Tasca earned the victory in net with three saves.

Wilmington out-shot Felician, 17-5, in the second half and 21-6 for the game. Fourteen Wildcats got off at least one attempt, with Jester leading the way with four. Chris McLaughlin (Hollis, N.Y./Preparatory Academy for Writers) led Felician with two shots.

Felician (0-6-1, 0-3), which began 2018 with five of its first seven matches at home, goes on the road twice this week, including a short trip to Caldwell University for a 4 p.m. CACC contest on Wednesday.