SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Earlham men's soccer falls 2-0 in a loss at Wittenberg.
All night the Quakers did well at defending the goal and clearing the box when the Tigers were on the attack. Each team shared possession evenly, and each team was constantly up and down the pitch. It was a bit harder for Earlham to get momentum offensively because of the way Wittenberg swarmed the ball while it was in their territory. Each time a Quaker got within scoring range, a sea of red defenders would appear and come up with a take away.
In minute 17 of the first half, Wittenberg's Nick Togliatti scored a goal putting the Tigers up 1-0. That would be the only goal of the first half.
The second period marked an increase in the pace of play. There was also a lot more body to body contact which resulted in yellow cards for each team. Wittenberg scored their second and final goal at minute 53. After a Wittenberg corner kick, Earlham was able to clear the ball to the right of the field. The Tigers' David Quayle set up a great pass inside box and Quaker goalkeeper Henry Wildes came just too far out of the goal giving Alberto Zaragoza the opportunity to score making it 2-0 Wittenberg.
After Wittenberg's second goal the Quakers only got one real attempt at scoring when Joel Nti-Kyeremeh beat two defenders and had an opportunity but shot the ball just left for a narrow miss.
The Quakers will resume competition and begin conference play on Saturday, September 29 at 3:30pm at Mount. St. Joseph.
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