RICHMOND, Ind. – Senior Jacob Ebbs scored his first two goals of the season as the Earlham College men’s soccer team remained unbeaten at home with a 2-1 victory over Wilmington on Wednesday.
Sophomore Nicholas Dey almost scored the opening goal 16 minutes in, but his header attempt ricocheted off of the crossbar.
Earlham broke the deadlock early in the second half when it received a free kick just inside Wilmington territory. Sophomore Aiden Klemmer sent a cross into the box which was redirected by Ebbs into the near side of the net.
Wilmington (3-6-0) equalized as Earlham failed to clear set piece out of the box. Nils Asteberg hammered home the loose ball from ten yards out.
Determined not to face overtime, senior captain Mussa Ibrahim found Ebbs with a through ball in the 83rd minute. Ebbs took one dribble and fired a shot far post beating Wilmington goalkeeper Nick Latessa.
Wilmington led in the shots category, 12-6, but only a 6-4 advantage in shots on net. Sophomore netminder Diego Perea earned his second victory of the year making five saves in the game.
Earlham improves to 3-3-0 on the season with the victory. The Quakers play their final non-conference contest of the year on Saturday at Otterbein. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.