WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's soccer team continues Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament play as it heads to Marietta, Ohio for a semifinal against Marietta College at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The Teams: Wilmington and Marietta. The Fightin' Quakers are 7-3-0 on the season after a 2-1 victory over Capital University in the OAC Tournament quarterfinal. The Pioneers had a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the tournament courtesy of a 7-2-0 regular season record. One of those losses, however, was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wilmington.
The Coaches: Alex Van der Sluijs is in his third year leading Wilmington's men's soccer team. The 2007 alumnus, who was a three-time First Team All-OAC selection and a member of the program's only team to win an OAC title in 2004, worked at Defiance College for seven seasons. Joe Bergin is in his eighth season coaching his alma mater. Bergin was Marietta's starting goalkeeper on the program's only OAC championship team in 1984.
The Players: Wilmington is led offensively by a trio of Quakers – Elorm Dogbey, Yusef Muqtadir, and Ian Molfenter. Dogbey is leading the team in points with 14, five goals, and four assists, while Molfenter and Muqtadir both have four goals each. Starting goalkeeper Felix Maurer, alongside a stout defense, has a goals against average of 1.13. Reggie Grayek has scored five of the Pioneers' 15 goals on the season. Marietta's goalkeeping duo of Dakota Penquite and Ryan Riccillo have a combined goals against average of 0.77.
Series History: Wilmington is 15-7-1 against Marietta since becoming an NCAA Division III member in the early 1990s. The Quakers defeated the Pioneers in the regular season meeting, 1-0 at Marietta on March 28 . More information on the series history can be viewed by visiting the link above.
OAC Tournament History: Wilmington will be making its ninth appearance in the OAC Tournament since joining the league prior to the 2000 season. The Quakers, who have a 7-6-1 all-time record in the postseason tournament, are making their first appearance since 2012 and the third in the last 15 seasons. This game will be the first meeting between Wilmington and Marietta in the postseason. More information on Wilmington's history in the OAC Tournament can be viewed by visiting the link above.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Follow Wilmington athletics on social media! The Fightin' Quakers have a presence on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@DubCQuakers).
Up Next: A win means advancement to the OAC Tournament finals where the Fightin' Quakers would face the winner of John Carroll University and Ohio Northern University.