A pair of second half goals from junior Josh Fawssett led the sixth seeded Wilmington University men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over second seeded Concordia in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Quarterfinal on Tuesday afternoon at Holtdorf Soccer Field.
The win advances the Wildcats (12-7) to the CACC Semifinals hosted by Post University on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats will face second seed Dominican in the second semifinal game at LaMoy Field on Thursday, starting at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The action picked up in the second half after the two teams only combined for five shots, two of which were on frame in the first 45 minutes.
Concordia (9-3-3) threatened first in the second half, getting a shot from 2014 CACC Player of the Year Ovan Oakley but Wildcat goalkeeper Frank Hall was there to make the save just 1:02 into half. The Clippers also received a corner and a header that went wide in the sequence, putting the pressure on in the second frame.
The Wildcats withheld the early pressure and countered with a rally of their own, as their second shot of the half found the back of the net. Bruno Montini played the ball forward to a charging Samuel Naiwo in the box. Naiwo crossed the ball to the near post, finding Fawssett's head for the redirection goal 6:49 into the second half.
Minute later, Lance Berry putt a shot off the near post following a corner as the Wildcats kept the pressure on after scoring.
Concordia threatened again with six of the next seven shots in the match, also earning three corner kicks over a 15-minute span.
But the Wildcats iced the game late as Fawssett finished off another excellent run down the side by one of his teammates. This time is was senior Pedro Moreira down the left side of the field, crossing it from the endline to a wide open Fawssett from three-yards out. It was Fawssett's tam leading ninth goal of the season.
Concordia outshot the Wildcats, 13-10, for the match, but the Wildcats put five of their shots on goal while the Clippers only put two shots on frame. Hall made both saves for the shutout.
Second seed Dominican defeated seventh seed Post, 4-0, in Orangeburg, N.Y., today to set up Thursday's semifinal match. Top seed Philadelphia will square off against fourth seed Caldwell in Thursday's first semifinal match starting at 11 a.m.