PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's soccer team (5-4-1, 4-2-1 CACC) handed the Wilmington Wildcats (7-1-3, 5-1-1 CACC) its first loss of the season on Wednesday evening from Ravenhill Field on campus by a final of 2-1.
The Rams improved to 4-2-1 in league play with today's victory. After a scoreless first half, Jefferson had a hand in each of the three second-half goals as they held on for the CACC win.
The game was scoreless in part to three late saves by Jefferson keeper Kris Donaldson. In the 44th minute, Wilmington fired off three consecutive shots that the junior transfer stopped to keep the Rams in the contest at half.
Junior transfer Charlie Livesey had a great chance in the 66th minute as he caught the Wilmington keeper out too far. Livesey sent a shot overhead that went off the crossbar. Moments later, junior Rashaan Robe took a shot that was saved before sophomore Val Mokrejs returned the rebound for a goal, 1-0. It came as Mokrejs' second goal and Robe's second assist of the campaign.
In the 71st minute, the score was evened after a Jefferson own goal in an attempt to clear on a defensive effort. After giving Wilmington some life and thwarting the Wildcat offensive pressure following the play, the Rams regained the edge in the 80th minute as sophomore Ian Lake scored his third of the year on a blast from a few yards outside the box as he tucked it under the crossbar, 2-1.
Jefferson went into defensive mode in the final 10 minutes, clearing any Wilmington effort as the Rams held on for the win.
Wilmington led shots 14-11, though shots were all square in the second half, 7-7.
Junior goalkeeper Kris Donaldson (W, 2-2-0) earned the win in goal for the Rams as he made eight saves on the day across 90 minutes of action.
Jefferson returns to action at Homecoming this Saturday, Oct. 6 against Caldwell from Ravenhill Field. The women's team plays the Cougars at noon followed by the men around 2:30 p.m.