WATERBURY, Conn. – The No. 4-seeded Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's soccer team (9-8-2) saw its 2018 come to a close Friday afternoon with a CACC Semifinal loss to the No. 1-seeded and No. 24-nationally ranked Wilmington Wildcats (14-1-4) by a final of 2-1 from Post University in Waterbury, Conn.
Though Jefferson handed Wilmington its only loss of the season back on Oct. 3, the Rams could not repeat the magic twice as they fell in the conference semifinals.
Midway through the second half on Friday, the Wildcats scored two goals seven minutes apart that gave them control of the contest. The Rams added a late goal but could not find the equalizer in the final minutes.
Wilmington controlled the tempo of the first half as they led shots, 11-6, and corners, 7-0. Jefferson goalkeeper Kris Donaldson (L, 6-6-1) made seven stops in the opening period as the conference semifinal was scoreless after 45 minutes.
Wilmington eventually broke through for the game's first goal in the 61st minute on a penalty kick after a foul in the box.
Seven minutes later, the Wildcats took a 2-0 advantage in the 68th minute when Sam Jester scored on an assist from Will Stone.
The Rams scrambled to find the second goal but the Wildcats maintained possession with a couple corner kicks and shots over the final seven-plus minutes as Wilmington held on for the win, 2-1.
The loss ends Jefferson's season at 9-8-2.