Caldwell scored a pair of goals in a 4:52 stretch to defeat the No. 23 Wilmington University men's soccer team, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at the Caldwell Athletic Fields.
Michael Hartmann made 10 saves for Caldwell (5-3, 2-2 CACC) while Josh Fawssett's goal in the 66th minute was too little too late for the Wildcats (6-3, 3-2 CACC) who have now lost two matches in a row.
The Wildcats outshot the Cougars, 19-17, for the match, and put the pressure on late after going down 2-0 in the 56th minute. The Wildcats outshot the Cougars, 11-8, in the second half.
The Cougars' Christian Castro put the home team on the board in the 51st minute, scoring on a free kick from 25 yards out on the left side. It was his second goal of the season.
Less than five minutes later, the Cougars struck again with rebound put back by Steve Petrosino to give the home team a quick 2-0 lead. Evan Teitelbaum's initial shot went off the post and Petrosino was there to put in his second goal of the season at the 55:23 mark of the match.
Fawssett gave the Wildcats hope with his third goal of the season in the 66th minute, putting home a shot from 12 yards out after a cross and a header back across the goalmouth. Tom Debenham and Vitor Lime recorded assists on the play.
The Wildcats had six shots following their lone goal of the match, but Hartmann came up with four saves while the other two weren't on frame to preserve the victory. Their two second half corners also came after the goal in an attempt to tie the match, but the Caldwell defense came up with a clear both times.
Jordon Ellison's first half shot in the 19th minute hit the post and his follow-up shot 21 seconds later was saved by Hartmann which could have given the Wildcats an early advantage.
Zach Lee recorded six saves for the Wildcats, while Hartmann made seven stops in the second half to keep the Cougars in front.
Femi Akintunde led the team with five shots, while Ellison, Lance Berry, and Akintunde each put two shots on goal throughout the match.
The Wildcats have five days off before their next match as they head to CACC rival Post on Friday, October 3. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but will now be played on Friday afternoon at LaMoy Field on Post's campus at 3 p.m.