DOVER, Del. – Riding off the momentum of a five-game winning streak to end the regular season, the third-seeded Wesley College men's soccer team looks to capture the first-ever Atlantic East Conference Championship.
Wesley finished the regular season with a 13-3-1 overall record and a 4-1 record in the Atlantic East to clinch the third seed and the right to host the sixth-seeded Marywood Pacers in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic East Championship Tournament. The 13 wins are the most wins in the regular season since the 2006 season
"We preached 'togetherness' and working as a unit all season," said head coach Steve Clark. "After three-win seasons the past two years, the team worked hard during the season to keep building on the success. The leadership from our upperclassmen has helped everyone this year and hopefully make a run for the championship."
The offense was led by the goal-scoring of Chimaobi Ikwuagwu. Ikwuagwu led the Atlantic East in points (30) and goals (14). He ranks 24th in Division III in goals and 36th in the nation in points.
Danny Garza, Deekai Gbonimy and Darius-David Robinson rank in the top-10 in points and assists in the conference. Garza leads the Atlantic East in assists (7) and sits fifth in points (15). Robinson tallied six assists to place second in the conference while Gbonimy is tied for fourth in goals
The defense was an integral part of Wesley's success in 2018. Wesley shut out eight opponents and limited teams to 74 shots on goal. Matthew Dina, Bruce Yeager, Kevin Flores-Gomez, Luis Cruz, Nicholas Hood, Andrea Carboni and Cristian Chavez paced the Wesley midfield and backline. Kyle Springsteen and Jason Sommer split time in net for the Wolverines, each recording 27 saves during their time at goal.
Wesley and Marywood will kick off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Drass Field. If Wesley wins, they will hit the road to face the second-seeded Cabrini on Thursday.