CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's soccer team had a breakout night against Cincinnati Christian University (CCU), winning 6-2 for the first win of the season on Wednesday evening.
Neither team scored for the first 30 minutes. Taylor Huffman scored the Fightin' Quakers' first goal of the game and season unassisted in 34th minute as the visitors took the 1-0 lead into halftime. Wilmington, which outshot CCU 13-3 in the first half, did not have to wait long to double its lead as Madison Wiedeman found Huffman for the freshman's second goal of the game 39 seconds into the second half.
Trailing 2-0, the hosts did show some fight as CCU put together two goals in a span of 45 seconds to tie the game three minutes later. Once again, it was Huffman who broke the deadlock, completing the hat trick off a pass from Elizabeth Matthews at the 52:29 mark. Huffman would then get her fellow freshman, Maddie Scott, involved, finding Scott for her two goals within two minutes of each other. Leading 5-2, Wiedeman scored Wilmington's final goal unassisted.
"Taylor Huffman was exceptional tonight," Head Coach Steve Spirk said. "Along with her play, our bench played very well. We are improving with every game."
Wilmington outshot CCU 22-9 in the game along with earning a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. Starting goalkeeper Lauren Galloway played the first half to a shutout while Peyton Pakozdi picked up the win by playing the second half.
The Quakers (1-2-0) host Bethany College (W.Va.) on Saturday.