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You Learn and Push Forward (Coach Ben Strautmann)

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

“You Learn and Push Forward,” (Coach Ben Strautmann)

Emmaus Lady Eagles lined up with a completely new starters this past weekend, with Katie Benningfield, Gloria Aguirre, and Katie Loken still unable to play, due to injuries. Kristen Jones helped the Lady Eagles by filling in as a temporary substitution for the weekend.

The match started with Moody quickly racking up with multiple points from serves. The score was a mere 2-12 when things began to get out of hand, but Emmaus tacked on a few points, cutting the lead down 5-12. However, the Archers regained the serve and ended up running away with the set, 8-25.

Game 2 started and ended in the same fashion as the one before, as Emmaus was unable to find an answer to Moody’s outside attacks. Game 3 appeared to be gaining some traction as they traded points with Moody all the way to 10-10. The Lady Eagles then took the next two points giving them their first lead of the match. Sadly though Moody quickly recovered the lead and ended the match with the final score being 17-25.

“We just had no heart,” observed one of the injured Lady Eagles. “I don’t think we gave Moody our best showing as we learned how big of an impact the mental side of the game is. But you learn and push forward. I have no doubt the girls will respond well and bounce right back, “Coach Strautmann concluded.


Tired Legs and Strong Finishing Sink Eagles

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles came into their season home-opener on Saturday afternoon against the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL). The game kicked off at 3:30 on a gorgeous fall afternoon with Emmaus fans lining the hillside, ready to cheer on their team.

The Eagles, just returned from a tough game on the road against conference opponent Barclay College, came out hard and pressed the attack early, only to concede a goal in the 6th minute on a long range effort from Lincoln’s #17 (Arney). Emmaus pressed again and nearly equalized before Lincoln’s #21 (Thomas) shouldered the ball into the goal on a hard cross from team-mate Frontore (#10).

Down 0-2, the Eagles struck back as Wade Dozier (#8) found a bouncing ball in the box on a free kick to cut the Lions lead to one. The Red Lions had a ready response, however, as just two minutes later speedy captain Radecki (#3) beat two Emmaus defenders on the sideline and played a brilliant ball just outside of keeper Rasmussen’s reach. The Eagles seemed to settle in a little and created some more scoring chances, including a free kick off the cross bar by freshman Elijah Barsness(#1), but the Red Lions would strike twice more before half, catching the Eagles flat-footed and slow to find their marks. Down 5-1, sweeper Wade Dozier added his second goal and the last one of the half on a header from the boot of Barsness.

Down 5-2 the Eagles looked to rebound in the second half, recognizing that little mistakes had cost them big. The Red Lions had scored 5 goals on just 9 shots in the first half while Emmaus struggled to put away opportunities despite creating 16 shots. “

“The guys played hard, but I really think tired legs and minds from the game the day before took their toll on the guys. Communication, man-marking, and passing were just a few areas we struggled in. Not to make excuses, but I could tell that a formation change from the game the previous night also led to come confusion on the field as key players found themselves out of position often in the first half.” (Coach Brown)

The second half was a different story for the Eagles as they tightened up their defense and started to do a better job of taking care of the ball despite tired legs. Newcomer Johnny Lahoud (#12) stepped up to make some crucial defensive stops and several Emmaus players excelled at some position changes. Both teams created some good chances, but the Red Lions were able to set back on their three goal lead and load their box against Emmaus attacks. The lone goal of the half came when Lincoln’s #3 (Radecki) split two Emmaus defenders who were in good position but failed to communicate who was going to clear the ball. Keeper Rasmussen made the initial save, but Lincoln’s Lucas (#7) found the rebound at his feet and put it into the net.

“The final score was definitely not something we were hoping for, but the guys showed improvement in the second half. Lincoln is a solid team with some experienced players, though I am confident we can play them much tighter when we travel to their place later this month. The good thing about a loss like this is that it reveals areas we need to improve on and the guys kept their heads up, encouraging one another despite some setbacks. I look forward to the re-match.” (Coach Brown)

“It was a fun game to watch,” said Brown’s father, “as despite their tiredness and adversity the guys played like gentlemen on the field, really representing Christ well.”

The Eagles outshot the Red Lions 24 to 18 and forced Lincoln’s keeper to make 15 saves. Rasmussen had a strong game in goal himself (eight saves), faltering more to great shooting than poor positioning. The Eagles will be back in action Friday, September 19th against the Crusaders of local NAIA College Clark University before taking on the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College on Saturday at home.


Fought Hard and Gained Confidence

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 13, 2014 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Lady Eagles traveled to North Central in Minneapolis, MN to play in their first away games of the season. Only able to take 6 girls dew to previous injuries the weekend before, it made for a very interesting weekend. The first match, Friday night, ended in an unfortunate loss of three games for the Lady Eagles. Saturday morning the Lady Eagles arrived back at North Central to play their first match of the day against Providence College. During warm ups one of our six players got hurt, leaving us with only five players for the rest of the tri. According to the NCCAA rules under no circumstance can a team play with less than six players. So we were faced with the inevitable of forfeiting our next two matches.

One of the refs informed us that in a previous match he had refereed a similar circumstance had occurred and the player was able to stand on the court for the serve and then step off the court for the rest of the play. As this was our only option we decided to give it a try.

Covering the entire court with six players is already a job in itself, however with five there are twice as many holes. Our defense immediately had to switch. Trying to cover as much area as we could we switched to solo blocking on the out sides and a double block in the middle. The girls played well, almost taking the first set from Providence. The end result however was a loss for that match.

Our last game of the weekend was against North Central. Still with only five players the Lady Eagles were able to put up a great fight taking North Central to five games. However the Lady Eagles still ended the tri with 3 losses. They fought hard and gained confidence not only in themselves but in the team as a whole, and realized that even in unfortunate and not ideal circumstance, we are still able to play well as a team.


42 Scary Minutes

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles soccer team took on the Barclay Bears of Haviland, Kansas at a neutral field (Faith Baptist Bible College) in Ankeny, Iowa. The Eagles, who lost their season opener to Grace University (Omaha, NE), in only their second game of the season, were looking to upset a strong Barclay team who came in boasting three straight victories.

The weather was exceptional for soccer at a brisk 50 degrees and no wind while the field itself was rain-soaked and sloppy, creating some early chaos for both teams.

Barclay got on the board first in the 10th minute when outside midfielder Tyler Wright eluded an Emmaus defender on the end-line and sent in a perfect cross to Barclay speedster Josh Moore who hammered the shot in from 12 yards out.

The Emmaus defense tightened up, however, and the team created several close scoring chances which were inhibited more by a gravel spot on the field than the Barclay defense. In the 35th minute, sophomore Joe Olson took advantage of a bad touch by a Barclay defender and sent a ball over the Barclay keeper for Emmaus’ first goal of the season. Manager Josh Bolin noted that, “Barclay looked a bit nervous after that goal” as they have been used to leading in games.

With things tied up at one, the Emmaus defense continued to hold against several waves of attacks and were looking to get into half-time tied up at one. It was not to be, however, as Barclay speedster Julio Cobb danced his way through several stabbing Emmaus defenders and gave Barclay the lead back in the 42nd minute.

“Up until that point, I would have to say that I was very impressed by how we played as a team and our efforts at both ends of the field. We just needed to carry our momentum into the half. The 42nd minute was a bit of a watershed in the game.,” noted Coach Brown. In quick succession Barclay added two more goals (three in three minutes) on a penalty kick for an unintentional handball and off of a strong run by Josh Moore (#13). The Eagles went into the half trailing by three after having held Barclay’s starters to a 1-1 game for 42 minutes.

“It was disappointing to not finish the half well, but I knew there was plenty of fight left in our guys. It makes me excited moving forward as we showed that we can compete with really good teams.”

The Bears came out firing in the second half, and despite Emmaus’ best defensive efforts they managed to notch an additional 5 goals, with Julio Cobb (#17) earning a hat trick. Emmaus pushed for opportunities, but cramping and injuries made it difficult to find much of a rhythm. Overall in the game the Bears outshot the Eagles thirty to five and really controlled good portions of the game. Still, Emmaus played to the final whistle and reserve players Justin Humphrey (#5), Danny Hannigen (#20), and Luke Telecky (#14) all put great pressure on the Barclay back line. Keeper Erik Rasmussen recorded 11 saves on the day, including several superb dives.

“I am not thrilled about the score, but our guys fought hard and put in a great 42 minutes. Players are showing marked improvement each week and I think we are going to be dangerous down the stretch. We shut down some very skilled Barclay players for long portions of the game, and in the end were just overwhelmed by their depth and experience. We have a lot to learn, but we are headed in the right direction. In addition I received high compliments from the officials for our show of effort and sportsmanship. In the end, integrity is what it is all about, and our guys are showing it! It is a privilege to travel with them!”

Emmaus will be in action again tomorrow (September 13th) at 3:30 against Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL) and look forward to fighting in front of their home crowd.


Thrilling Alumni Battle!

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A collection of former Emmaus Eagles from several eras of play made their way to Dubuque this past Saturday for the annual alumni game. It was a beautiful and sunny day for competition, and the current players and alumni put on two different shows.  


The current Emmaus team, missing 5 players to injuries, illness, and weddings, put up a strong defensive showing in the first half against an experienced alumni group, holding their opponents to zero goals. Freshman backup keeper Justin Humphrey, playing in the place of sick sophomore Erik Rasmussen, made several excellent saves in his debut in goal. Unfortunately, the young Eagles were not able to capitalize on their own opportunities and went into the break knotted at zeroes.


The second half was a completely different story as both offenses found their grooves. Just after the 60th minute, freshman outside back Ben Backes followed a shot into the box and put away a rebound to give his young side a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later, Backes pressured an alumni midfielder to force a turnover, leading to a goal by sophomore Joe Olson. The Eagles, up 2-0, notched a 3rd goal when assistant coach Eric Seeman settled a ball in the middle of the field and fired home a rocket. In true Eagle tradition, however, the alumni were not finished yet. Outstanding attacking midfielder Andrew Paleczny scored on back to back free kicks to bring the alumni within a goal before freshman Elijah Barsness was able to find the back of the net with a shot from distance. The alumni again battled back, however, as Paleczny managed to complete his hat trick, and then last year's assistant coach Lewis Shin scored a stunning header on a beautiful cross from former ACCA All American Micah Barsness to knot things at 4. With the momentum seeming to turn against them, the young Eagles found a way to bounce back as freshman defender Wade Dozier managed to elude several defenders before finding the back of the net to give his team the 5-4 advantage with less than 5 minutes to play. The alumni continued to battle, but the game ended as it had begun, with a strong defense stand. In the final seconds, freshman duo Ben Backes and Wade Dozier scrambled together to stymie a dangerous attack from Paleczny, who was seeking his 4th goal of the game. It was the epitome of team defense as the young Eagles held on for the victory.


"This game had a little bit of everything, with 60 minutes of goalless soccer followed up by 9 goals in 35 minutes. There was a great crowd and both teams battled hard in a good show of competition and sportsmanship. I am proud of the way the guys overcame adversity and worked hard for one another. There were a lot of bright spots to build on moving forward, and I think the team is really starting to play some quality soccer." (Coach Brown)


Special thanks to former coaches Doc Fish and Steve Seeman for stepping in to help coach both sides. A lot of work and planning goes into these games and we are most grateful as we couldn't pull this off without a lot of help. (Coach Brown)  


Emmaus will be back in action this upcoming weekend as they take on a strong side from Barclay College (Friday, 12th) at Faith Baptist in Ankeny before returning home to take on the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian on Saturday (13th) at home.

"Roller Coaster Battle"

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Emmaus Bible College Lady Eagles

Volleyball Season 2014


Hosting Mt. Mary 8/29/14


The lady eagles had visited Clarke to scrimmage the JV earlier that week to get their first game experience. “Regardless of what kind of team we have that year it is a good eye opener for the girls playing a very experienced and talented Clarke team. It breaks everybody in real quick to the sport of volleyball which is what a young team (one returner) needs, “remarked Coach Strautmann. However, this would mark the first official regular season game as the Lady Eagles play a team in their conference; Mt. Mary. The gym was packed out, crowd was loud, and both teams were ready for another hard fought victory. The teams traded the first few points as neither team could find the edge. Then as if they had been playing together for years Emmaus took over the game leading at one point 22-12. Emmaus’s Gloria Aguirre went up for a spike late in the game and landed wrong hurting her ankle badly. It was a beautiful spike, but unfortunately at a high price. Emmaus was now down to 6 players without any substitution options. Mt. Mary began to gain a little ground but Emmaus had built such a strong lead it was too little too late.

Spirits were high on the Emmaus bench having won their first set of their first official match. However, Mt. Mary came back with a tremendous string of serves leaving the Emmaus service receive searching for answers. It seemed like two completely different teams from the first set as Mt. Mary won 14-25. “A jump serve is a very high level serve and once it is perfected it is one of the most difficult serves to return. They were very consistent and we simply did not have an answer at the time, “said Coach Strautmann.

Game 3 there were question marks all over the gym as Emmaus sought to regain traction after the previous hard loss. And respond they did as they took Game 3 just easily as they had Game 1 and it seemed they were cruising to a four game victory. However, Game 4 could not have gone any worse for the Emmaus Lady Eagles as they could not even reach double digits.

Now for a little history…

Emmaus faced off against Mt. Mary last year in a very similar match. Mt. Mary won games 1 and 3 and Emmaus won games 2 and 4. Mt. Mary went on to win game 5 in a heartbreaking loss for the Lady Eagles. Now, a year later, a nearly identical situation arises as the teams get ready for another game 5. The teams trade points as it is 4-4 at one point. Emmaus gets to eight first, winning the next four points. However, the match was far from over as Mt. Mary brought it to 7-8. But just like that Emmaus pushed forward again making their way to 14-9. It was so close and you can feel the anticipation in the whole gym, but Mt. Mary would not go away winning the next two points. The moment the ball landed on Mt. Mary’s side the whole gym erupted. Emmaus Lady Eagles would move to 1-0 for the season.

When asked about the game Coach Strautmann had this to say, “We had yet another roller coaster battle with Mt. Mary. Apparently our two teams just love playing five games. Great win for the Ladies. The hustle was outstanding. With a new team, Coach Denny and I see a lot we need to work on but it is almost impossible to “teach” someone to hustle and want that ball and every one of these girls do exactly that. Work hard for every play. This young team has a lot of potential, but we have a lot of work to do as we look forward to our next match against Trinity Bible College.


Emmaus will be hosted by North Central University September 5 and 6th playing against Trinity, North Central, and Providence University.


Emmaus Soccer: New Game Time, New Venue

Posted by jfullan on September 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

After their opening game with the Grace University Royals was postponed due to rain on Friday night, the Emmaus men’s soccer team travelled to Omaha Saturday to play the Royals at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium.

The Eagles entered their season opener fired up to play in the 6,000 seat stadium while recognizing that the turf pitch would significantly accelerate the speed of play. The Royals came out firing first, creating several scoring opportunities in the early minutes of the game, but the new look Eagle defense held strong led by Sweeper Wade Dozier and returning goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen. An intercepted goal kick in the 27th minute for the Royals finally led to an opening goal as the ball was lobbed over the head of Rasmussen an awkward bounce. The Royals managed to double their lead three minutes later when an intended cross bent into the far side of the net. The Eagles fought back and created a few chances, but Grace struck once more before the half with a long range effort that found the upper 90. 

The Eagles, down 3-0 at half, had plenty of fight left in them, forcing several early second half turnovers that nearly led to goals. Despite playing portions of the second half on their heels, however, the Royals would strike twice more before the game ended for a 5-0 victory.

“While we had definitely hoped for a better result on the scoreboard, I am honestly very pleased with the way the team performed today. We did a few things well in the first half including man-marking and communicating, while in the second half we looked like a new team, with quicker decisions, better team defense, and several near missed on the offensive half. We have a lot of work to do as the season unfolds, but this group is scrappy, has great character, and is hungry to play. I can’t ask for more!” (Coach Brown)

Erik Rasmussen recorded 13 saves on the day and the Eagle offense managed to create 6 shots, all in the second half. The Eagles will play their annual alumni game this Saturday, September 6th before returning to intercollegiate competition against Barclay College on the 12th.

Signing for the Spring Semester!

Posted by jfullan on June 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (4)

We are excited to announce a local Iowa signing with Nathaniel Glidewell. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Nathaniel attended and graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington. He played at CRW his first two years of high school and then went on to play for a private traveling team, the Defenders, and was team captain his senior year. Nathaniel was also the leading scorer and rebounder his senior year and nearly averaged a double double. Some accolades was being an All Tournament player his junior and senior year. We expect Nathaniel to be a scoring threat, but also to make great passes and provide strong support on defense. We look forward, at times, to having him guard the best player and will be our physical presence down low.

Nathaniel was asked to play for Calvary Bible College in Missouri, but decided on Emmaus because he loved the tight-knit student body and how easily he made friends when visiting. It is also close to his home in Cedar Rapids. Nathaniel is looking forward to not only learning more about the Bible, but living it out on and off the court. He intends to get his elementary school teaching degree at Emmaus.

Mitchell Patzka Signs Letter of Intent

Posted by jfullan on June 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eagles are proud to announce our fourth signing of the season with Mitchell Patzka. Having played 9 years in the Wisconsin Heights school system and nearly every position (shooting guard, power forward and center), Mitchell brings experience and a strong work ethic to the team. Recuited by such colleges as Northwestern College and Maranatha Baptist College for football and Taylor University for lacrosse, Mitchell chose Emmaus because of the similar size to his high school and because he believes that the education one receives at Emmaus is better than anywhere else.

Along with several other of our recruits, Mitchell is not afraid to take charges, sacrifice his body and work hard to make his teammates better. We look to use Mitchell’s size and strength to secure plenty of rebounds and demonstrate what a hard work ethic really is. He has said that he feels the Lord leading him to Emmaus to do great things for Him, on and off the court, and we agree. Welcome to the team, Mitchell!

Kyle Pikaart Signs with the Eagles

Posted by jfullan on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles are proud to announce our second signing of the season with Kyle Pikaart. Kyle played 8 years for the Wyoming Warriors and will be looked to bring speed and intensity on both ends of the court. Coming in as a point guard, Kyle will be placed in a great position to make his teammates better and provide a scoring threat as well. In addition to our returners and the group of players coming in, Kyle will be huge in pushing the tempo and providing plenty of opportunities on the fast break.