PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University men's soccer team couldn't overcome a three-goal second-half barrage by Wilmington University, falling 3-2 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) match Wednesday afternoon on Ravenhill Field.
Philadelphia (4-9-2, 3-6-1 CACC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening half when Myles-Jordan Senior-Campbell (London, England/John Lyon) scored his second goal of the year at the 23:39 mark. Myles-Jordan ran toward the right side of the penalty area after receiving a pass from Jason Rocha (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland), shot back across the goal mouth, and caught Wilmington keeper Vinny Tasca leaning the other way.
During the middle stages of the second half, the Wildcats (10-3-1, 6-2-1 CACC) struck for three goals in a 20:25 span to open up a two-goal advantage.
The surge started when Deron Joe tapped home a rebound from a Juan Bernal shot at 58:21. Bernal's shot was from the right side was stopped by Philadelphia's Eric Gutierrez (Croydon, Pa./Harry S. Truman), but the rebound made its way to an unmarked Joe in the center of the box for his fourth goal.
Daniel Loyo put the visiting Wildcats in front, slamming home a Fredrik Bentdal corner kick less than four minutes after Joe tied the match. Loyo got position on his defender at the left post and rocketed a right-footed shot into the net.
Bernal recorded Wilmington's third goal at 78:46 as he ripped a shot from 24 yards away that hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced over the goal. Lorne Bickley set up Bernal with a pass from the left wing.
Philadelphia got one goal back on a set piece with 4:33 remaining to trim the deficit to 3-2. Armando Canela (Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough) played a low ball into the box that found the feet of Paolo Martinez (Panama City, Panama/Colegio Brader). Martinez turned away from his defender and put the ball past Tasca for his first goal of the year.
Gutierrez finished the match with a career-high nine saves—seven coming in the second half—for the Rams. Tasca recorded five saves in the Wilmington net. Wilmington owned a 21-11 shot advantage, 15-6 in the second half.
Philadelphia heads to Bloomfield for a crucial CACC showdown with the Bears on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m.