Wilmington University Women’s Soccer team did something Thursday night they had never done before that night and that was for the first time in program history, Wilmington defeated a nationally ranked opponent defeating #6 Adelphi 1-0 at Adelphi’s Motamed Field.
Adelphi was also #1 in the East Region and they were also ranked in the United Soccer Coaches National and Regional Polls.
This is only the second time Wilmington has scored against a nationally ranked opponent. The first time was in 2012 vs #7 LIU Post where they lost 2-1.
How did the Wildcats pull this upset off?
Well in the first half things were quiet for the Wildcats with two shots at the goal and their first shot came from the eventual hero of the game midfielder Jessica Unsihuay at the 27th minute.
Before WilmU’s first shot, Adelphi had rattled off three straight shots to start the game.
Adelphi out shot Wilmington 4-2 in the first half.
Then the second half started and the Wildcats came out with more energy and had the shots flowing right away.
Wildcats midfielder Rebecca Dolhansky had the first shot for Wilmington of the second half but it was the next shot that would change the game.
It was forward Preslie Quaranta’s move that put Jessica Unsihuay in place for the game winning goal.
Quaranta crossed the box which kept Adelphi’s goalie Isabel Sandstrom off the line and when Sandstrom dove for ball she missed it and that is when Wilmington’s Unsihuay came in and sent that ball into the net to put Wilmington up 1-0 at the 52:23 mark.
Unsihuay’s goal was her second of the season and Quaranta’s assist was her seventh of the season.
Adelphi out shot the Wildcats 7-1 for the rest of the game but never got a score.
Wilmington goalie Kierstyn Williams allowed 0 goals and had 7 saves for 90:00 minutes of work.
This was the Wildcats last non-conference game of the season and now they play two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games before postseason.
Wildcats ( 10-5-1) head to for a match on Saturday at 12 pm ET.