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Solid Performance in Tournament Debut

Posted by jfullan on October 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team made their debut in the Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) tournament on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles, seated 7th out of eight schools, matched up against the #2 Thunder of Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). The Thunder, coached by Midwest soccer coaching legend Rick Wright, had defeated the Eagles 6-1 earlier in the season.


The Eagles went into the game as the clear underdogs, but with the possibility of an upset on their minds. In the earlier meeting the Thunder jumped on the Eagles early, scoring three goals in twelve minutes. This time the Eagles were ready and employed a low press strategy that forced Manhattan to play over the top where the back-line held and managed to clear the ball out early. Despite great positioning, however, the Thunder managed to find a crack in the Emmaus defense in the 21st minute as #19 (Name?) made a strong turn at the top of the 18 and sent a right footed shot into the corner for the 1-0 lead (Assist Alex Brechle, #11). Ten minutes later the Thunder struck again, as this time #19 found midfielder Shane Herl (#10) on a bouncing ball in the box when Emmaus failed to get a solid clearance of the ball. The rest of the half saw a few chances for Manhattan that Emmaus again managed to cut out, making it 2-0 at the break.


“I was really pleased with our defensive efforts overall in the first half and encouraged the guys to settle down and find feet. One danger of playing too defensively-minded is not being able to possess well when you do win the ball.” (Coach Brown)

The second half started much like the first with Manhattan owning much of the possession, but struggling to create any really dangerous chances. Their break came in the 59th minute, however, as Alex Brechle (#11) won a ball on the right wing and fired a perfect rocket to the back post where #19 timed a perfect run to put the ball away. “Honestly, that was just a great play in transition. Sure, we could cover our back door a little better, but that was just a straight up fantastic play.” (Coach Brown).


Trailing by three goals with thirty minutes to play, the determined Eagles were not finished. In the 66th minute Emmaus earned a foul near the center circle. On a quick restarts freshman Wade Dozier (#8) angled a perfect pass to the left side of the box that Joe Olson (#3) settled and calmly put away into the left side net to bring Emmaus to within two goals. The rest of the match went back and forth as Manhattan continued to create chances, but the Eagles defense was not to be cracked again. On the offensive end Emmaus did a better job of connecting passes in the 2nd half, but were not able to score again as the game ended 3-1 in favor in the Thunder. The Thunder held a 30(15 on goal) to 5(2 on goal) shot advantage over the Eagles and held a 12-0 advantage in corner kicks.


“I am really proud of the way the guys fought today. They played disciplined soccer, they hustled, they communicated with each other, and they had great attitudes. Manhattan is a very experienced team and we would have had to play a near perfect game to beat them. As it stands, we gave it our best shot today and to hold them to 3 goals on 30 shots and 12 corner kicks shows how hard our guys played in the back. It makes me all the more excited for a chance to play again tomorrow.” (Coach Brown)

The Emmaus men will be in action again on Friday (October 24th) as they take on the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) for the 3rd Friday in a row. The teams split in the first two games, each winning on the road. The winner of the neutral site battle tomorrow will determine who has the privilege of playing for the 5th place in the tournament.

Emmaus Caps Strong Weekend With Shutout Victory

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 19, 2014 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

       The Emmaus men’s soccer team capped a strong weekend in Missouri with a win over the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College. After a slow start which saw the Eagles struggled to connect open passes, Wade Dozier (#8) won the end-line in the 16th minute and delivered a perfect pass to Joel Olson (#3) at the far post who scored his second header of the weekend. Eleven minutes later, Ryan Bell (#9) delivered a cross that Dozier neatly settled and poked into the left corner. The rest of the half saw a few good opportunities for both teams as St. Louis launched some dangerous attacks of their own, but the Eagle defense held on to preserve the 2-0 lead going into the break.

       “It wasn’t our best half of soccer this season, but we managed to execute on a few plays when we got the ball wide and the defense hustled enough to preserve the lead. I told them at half-time they just needed to settle down, keep it simple, and play unselfish soccer.” (Coach Brown)

       The Eagles started the second half with energy and added to their lead in the 50th minute when senior Travis Holtan (#11) delivered a perfect cross to Ryan Bell who held his run just long enough to head the ball into the net. Fourteen minutes later in the 69th minute, the Eagle bench got in on the action as Johnny Lahoud (#12) settled a ball and played wide to Logan Matenaer (#7) who side-stepped a defender and connected a pass to Ryan Bell down the right wing. Bell then sent in a perfect cross to a racing Justin Humphrey (#5) who rocketed a header into the net from 12 yards out. After the game Humphrey made note of the fact that he had eaten chocolate donuts before the game. With the lead at four, the Eagles continued to create opportunities and to play unselfish soccer. St. Louis managed to create a few dangerous opportunities, but the Eagle defense continued to play hard and scrappy and keeper Erik Rasmussen came up with a couple of huge saves to help preserve their first shutout win of the year.

       “I was proud of the way the guys hustled today. Sure, their start was a little slow which was perhaps a sign of some stiffness from yesterday, but they never stopped playing hard. Even in the final minutes of the game everyone was hustling to get behind the ball so as not to give up any late goals. They showed this weekend that when they play unselfish, smart soccer, they can be a very dangerous team. I wouldn’t want to have to play these guys at tournament time… and apparently chocolate donuts really help to get these guys playing at their best… I may have to provide a few before out next match.” (Coach Brown)

       The wins this weekend capped the Eagles regular season as they will be back in action next week (in St. Louis) for the MCCC conference tournament (October 23-25). The Eagles may not have many wins this year, but they are undefeated in Missouri so far and will do all they can to keep it that way.


Chocolate Donuts Fuel Emmaus Victory

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team travelled to Moberly, MO on Friday evening for the first of two weekend games. Their game against the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB) was a rematch from the week before when the Saints edged the Eagles 2-1 in Dubuque.

Despite a short warm-up and muddy field conditions, the Eagles came out energized and sharp, scoring 2 goals in the first 4 minutes of the game. In the 2nd minute, Wade Dozier (#8) won the right end-line and delivered a perfect pass to a racing Ryan Bell (#9) who calmly put the ball away from eight yards out. In the 4th minute it was Travis Holtan’s (#11) turn as he won the same end-line and found Joe Olson (#3) at the back post for the close range header to make the lead two and the Eagles weren’t done yet. In the 13th minute, Wade Dozier picked up his second assist on a third pass from the end-line that senior Benjamin Jimenez (#10) put away with a nifty touch to the corner. Finally, in the 18th minute, Dozier added a goal of his own as Ryan Bell (#9) found him on a perfectly paced through ball that allowed Wade to evade the Saints keeper before finishing with his left foot into the corner. “Coming into the game we had scored 12 goals in 12 games, then suddenly we scored 4 in 18 minutes. I kept telling the guys that if they got the ball wide and put their shots on frame, good things would happen. They bought in today, and it worked” (Coach Brown).

The remainder of the half saw both teams go back and forth with the ball while Emmaus continued to press forward. In the 35th minute the Saint’s outstanding sophomore midfielder Miguel Gudino (#7) led a quick counter attack right up the middle and launched a phenomenal shot into the left upper ninety from 30 yards out. “We knew he was a great finisher and he caught us napping and out of position for a split second, and he made us pay. It was honestly one of the best shots I have seen this year.” (Coach Brown)

Leading 4-1 at the break, Emmaus purposed to set a strong tone in the second half. Despite a few scary early minutes, Emmaus managed to capitalize again in the 49th minute as keeper Eric Rasmussen (#00) punted the ball deep into Saints territory where the ball deflected off of a defender to a flying Wade Dozier who deftly finished his second goal of the day into the right corner. CCCB pushed to answer, but over and over again they were stymied by the Emmaus defense. The 5-1 score would stand for the remainder of the game as the Eagle bench was able to play important minutes that allowed the team to rest starters for their match against St. Louis Christian College the following day.

“The guys played great today on both ends of the field. Andy Bell (#4) set the defensive tone early as he won every header in the box that came anywhere near him. I think it must have been the chocolate donuts he ate before the game, because he was exceptional in the air. I am really proud of the way our guys came out strong early and didn’t give up anything in the second half. Our bench played strong defense and displayed some creativity of their own with some smart passes up front. CCCB is a good team with a great coach in Mike Flynn and we may have just caught them a little flat today. My compliments to them for the way they settled down in the second half and they are definitely not a team to be over-looked in the coming weeks” (Coach Brown).

Assistant coach Matt Imhof summarized the game by observing that “We had a definite game plan today, the guys bought into it and it paid off.”

The Eagles outshot the Saints 23(16)-15(8) on the game and held an advantage in corner kicks 4-2. Keeper Eric Rasmussen recorded six saves on the day and nine different players managed to get a shot off.

The Eagles will be back in action again tomorrow against a much improved Soldiers team from St. Louis Christian College in Florrisant, MO.


Wind and Rain in Final Home Match

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team played its final home match on Tuesday night (October 14th) against the Eagles of Faith Baptist Bible College. Faith had defeated the Eagles earlier in the season in a hard fought battle in Ankeny, Iowa by a score of 4-1. With the field rain-soaked and the air windy and cold, the Eagles were ready to duel in front of their dedicated fans.

Both teams went back and forth in the early minutes and sent in some good crosses, but neither were able to create any really great scoring chances. Emmaus’ best opportunity of the match came in the first 10 minutes when Joe Olson (#3) won a ball on the end-line and delivered a powerful pass across the goal that was narrowly missed by an oncoming Travis Holtan (#11). Midway through the first half, Faith began to settle in and possess the ball despite the slippery conditions. The Eagle defense held, however, until the 25th minute when Joseph Frericks (#11) received pass from the Andrew Young (#17) on the end line. Frericks made a nifty touch to his right foot and slid the ball wide of keeper Erik Rasmussen into the corner of the goal to give Faith the 1-0 lead. Faith struck again six minutes later when towering freshman Josh Bray (#21) headed a ball into the side net on a corner kick sent in by Aaron Jones (#2). The half ended with a score-line of 2-0 with Faith outshooting Emmaus 14-5.

“We really played a pretty decent first half, creating some good chances and holding tight defensively. We executed some of the things we have worked on in practice and when we played wide and to feet we were dangerous.” (Coach Brown).

Emmaus pressed forward early start the second half and again showed their ability to create chances, but their quest to find the back of the net was denied. As Emmaus pressed, Faith re-gained their composure and generated a plethora of scoring chances of their own. They were rewarded in the 57th minutes when Jones (#2) and Bray (#21) hooked up for a goal off of a corner kick. Minutes later, Emmaus came close to answering when Elijah Barsness (#1) found Wade Dozier (#8) on a free kick whose header whistled over the bar. The 3-0 score-line held for the next twenty four minutes, however, before Joseph Frericks (#11) managed to earn his second goal of the night off an assist from #15 Tui Hunkin to seal the game at 4-0. Faith held a significant advantage in shots in the second half (24-3) and corner kicks (7-1). Erik Rasmussen came up big for the Eagles with 13 saves and 10 in the second half.

“I can’t say the guys didn’t play hard today and as always there are things to build on. We always enjoy our matchups with Faith as their program exemplifies hard play and character. They had some excellent combination play this afternoon and were a joy to watch for any true soccer fan. I would happily play them again at our conference tournament if given the chance.” (Coach Brown)

The Eagles will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Moberly, MO for a rematch with Central Christian College of the Bible who narrowly defeated Emmaus last week (2-1). On Saturday they will take on a much improved side from St. Louis Christian College. This weekend will mark the final two regular seasons before the MCCC and ACCA tournaments.


Great Fans and Strong Play Not Quite Enough For Eagle Men

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles played their second home game in two days on Friday night against the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO). In front of a large and loud home crowd, the Eagles were geared up for an exciting match with their MCCC conference opponents.

The Eagles came out fired up and created several early chances, with Joe Olson (#3) sending a shot off of the post in the 6th minute. As the half wore on, both teams settled in and created some good opportunities that were corralled by the competing goal-keepers. In the 25th minute the Saints struck the first strong blow of the game as stellar sophomore Miguel Gudino curled a corner kick into the goal to give the Saints a one goal lead. This time, Emmaus had an answer. As the second wound down on the clock before half, Joe Olson and Ryan Bell (#9) combined in the middle of the field to free up Olson on a run down the left sideline. From a tough angle, Olson managed to get a shot to hit the bottom of the crossbar that bounced straight down to a crashing Travis Holtan (#11) who tapped the ball in from the goal line with only 9 seconds left on the clock. The half ended at 1-1 with both teams nearly level in shooting (Emmaus 6 for 12 and CCCB 7 for 11).

“There were definitely some things to improve on, but the guys fought hard and definitely deserved the late goal.” (Coach Brown).

Emmaus was ready to go in the second half and once again sent a flurry of attacks at the Saints, but the Saints keeper Lance Patrick held his round, making several crucial diving saves to keep the game tied. In the 69th minute, with Emmaus creating most of the chances of the half, the Saints took advantage of some confusion in the Emmaus defense that left #3 Austin Lamb open on the far post. A failed clear found ball at Lamb’s feet who put it away for the easy score to give the Saints the 2-1 advantage.

In the final 20 minutes of the game the Emmaus offense sent wave after wave forward, shooting just wide of the post more than once. The energy of the crowd was high as both teams pushed for the goal that would change the tone of the game. It was not to be, however, as for the second time this season the Eagles fell to a conference opponent by a single goal.

“This game was just a great battle all around as both teams fought hard and played at a high level. The Saints have some dangerous players and their keeper really came up big today, making some acrobatic saves. The result could have gone either way. My compliments to Coach Mike Flynn for inspiring his guys to play hard while also maintaining attitudes of respect and Christ-likeness. The teams on the field and on the side-line really set a great example of what a physical, hard fought, and respectful game can look like. I am really looking forward to next week’s match down in Moberly.” (Coach Brown)

The keepers were excellent for both teams with Rasmussen recording 12 saves and Patrick 16. The opportunities to score were plentiful for both teams (final shot count 29-21 in favor of Emmaus, who held the edge in corner kicks 5-2). The two teams will face off again next Friday (October 17) in Moberly. In the meantime, Emmaus will gear up for its final home match of the season against Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) on Tuesday (October 14th). The Faith Eagles earned a 4-1 victory over Emmaus on September 26th in Ankeny.


Emmaus Falls to #2 Maranatha Baptist

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus soccer team took the field at home on Thursday afternoon against the NCCAA Div. II #2 Sabrecats of Maranatha Baptist Bible College. The match marked the debut of the brand new Eagles’ scoreboard along with refinished bleachers for the fans.

The Eagles knew going into the game that Maranatha was going to be a tough match as the Sabrecats have depth, experience, and a superb coach in Jeff Pill. It was no surprise, then, when the Sabrecats controlled the ball from the opening kickoff, quickly working the ball around the field to create space and scoring chances. The Eagles were ready, however, and managed to hold Maranatha at bay in the early minutes of the game using hard and smart team defense. In the 18th minute outstanding midfielder Wira Wama (#12) found a seam in the Eagle defense and fired a rocket into the top of the net. Fifteen minutes later the Sabrecats struck again, this time on a penalty kick (#4 Taylor Pill) earned on a controversial call. Down 0-2, the Eagles battled on, occasionally building up a few attacks of their own. It was the Sabrecats who had the final word of the half, however, as Timothy Rogers (#3) made an excellent back door cut and blasted a shot across the goal at a tough angle and into the side netting.

The Eagles went into the half trailing by three goals, but feeling good about the way they had played. “We executed well on defense and for the most part controlled the things that we could. If we are going to give up goals, we prefer them to be well-earned and great shots, not the result of our own mistakes. The penalty kick was a bit unfortunate as the contact was questionable, but at the end of the day, the call was made and so we play on. I was especially proud of the guys for not reacting in anger or challenging the referee on the call. They really are a mature bunch.” (Coach Brown).

The Sabrecats were ready for the Eagles in the second half, jumping out early with two more goals in the 47th and 48th minutes. They added two more less than 10 minutes later by taking advantage of the Eagles’ stretched out defense. Still, the Eagles fought on and created several strong chances of their own. Sabercat keeper Randall Larson made a sliding save in the 70th minute off of a free kick that was redirected by Wade Dozier and nearly found the back of the net. Despite six shots in the second half, however, the Eagles were unable to score as Maranatha added two final goals to bring the final score to 9-0.

The Sabrecats outshot the Eagles 37 to 8 on the day, while Emmaus keeper Erik Rasmussen recorded 9 saves on the day. Freshman defender Wade Dozier (#8) played the final six minutes in goal, replacing an injured Rasmussen following a hard collision.

“Overall, I am really not disappointed in the guys’ performances tonight. Maranatha is a stout team with a lot of experience and discipline, and they possessed and shot well. They are a classy group who care about playing well and representing Christ. It is always a privilege to play them. As for my guys, I was pleased with our overall defensive effort and for the ways the men conducted themselves. They did what they were asked and several excelled at new positions. It makes me excited to see how we develop down the stretch.” (Coach Brown).

The Eagles don’t have long to rest as they will be back in action again on Friday night at home when they take on the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) at 4:00.


Unselfish Thunder Too Much For Eagles

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles soccer team made the long trip down to Manhattan, Kansas on Friday night for a match with the Thunder of Manhattan Christian College. The match was played at Anneberg Park on a field that had been over-watered the day before. Freshman midfielder, Justin Humphrey (#5), commented after the game, “We have played on wet fields before, but these were by far the most challenging conditions.”

During the game Manhattan wasted no time getting onto the board in the 4th minute. Alex Briechle (#11) found space at the top of the 18 and rocketed a shot at goal. Keeper Erik Rasmussen made a great save, but Matthew Briggs (#18) found the rebound and headed it home. The Thunder struck again just 4 minutes later when Matthew Jump (#4) sent in a free kick from 25 yards out, catching the Emmaus defense napping. “It was sort of a gentlemen’s goal. The wall stepped back too far too early and Rasmussen was caught on his post, forgetting about the quick restart option. I doubt it will happen again!” (Coach Brown). Manhattan then added a third goal in the 12th minute when Tyler Knight (#6) found another rebound he was able to slide into the corner.

The Eagles started to settle in and created a few chances of their own. Freshman, Elijah Barsness (#1), forced the Thunder keeper, Alec Van North, to make a superb diving save in the corner on a free kick from 25 yards out. It was not to be, however, and the Eagles went into the half trailing 0-3.

The second half felt like déjà vu for the Eagles as the Thunder managed 3 more quick goals (50th, 56th, and 58th minutes), which where all set up by superb passing and unselfish playing. Emmaus again settled in and managed to stifle all additional Thunder attacks.

In the concluding minutes of the game, Emmaus showed their grit by adding a goal with just 18 seconds on the clock. Senior Travis Holtan (#11) won the endline and dribbled across the box before finding sophomore captain, Andy Bell (#4), who made a great touch to set up a calm left-footed finish. The final whistle blew with a score of 1-6 in favor of the Thunder.

“I was really impressed by the Manhattan team today. Their communication, effort, and teamwork were excellent, and their players never stopped moving. Our guys fought hard and played some strong defense at times, but the unselfish play by Manhattan was just too much, leading to too many great scoring chances. Still, we can learn a lot from this game and there are things we can improve moving forward. Hats off to both teams for their efforts today despite the muddy condition, and kudos to Andy for his composed finish in the final minute.” (Coach Brown)

In the end, Emmaus managed 11 shots in the game with 7 on goal, while Manhattan created 28 shots, capitalizing on 6. Eagle Keeper Eric, Rasumssen, recorded 10 saves on the day and with the exception of the opening 12 minutes of each half, while the defense held strong.


More Than Winning

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

            For the second time this season the Emmaus Eagles soccer team took on the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University. The Eagles were eager for the rematch after giving up 5 first half goals to Lincoln on their first meeting.

            Despite their motivation for a better showing, the Eagles came out flat in the first 15 minutes of the game, struggling to settle the ball and slow to step to their marks. The Red Lions capitalized on the sluggish start when Arney (#17) found a rebound at his feet for the easy put-back in the 9th minute. “The goal was unfortunate as we were actually in good position and just slipped. Erik made a fine initial save, but we got caught ball-watching and they made us pay with the rebounded goal.” (Coach Brown).

            This time, the Eagles had an answer. In the 19th minute, Wade Dozier (#8) rocketed home a perfect corner kick at the back post courtesy of Ryan Bell (#9). The Eagles then settled in and started to play better soccer, challenging for 50/50s and hustling to the ball. Unfortunately, the Red Lions managed to strike once more before half on another deflected ball that bounced to #10 Fontone who calmly played the ball into the corner.

            The Eagles went into the half trailing by a goal and with plenty of fight left in them. They created some great chances early in the second half and came close to equalizing in the 75th minute when Wade Dozier headed a ball off of the Lions keeper on a corner kick and the Red Lions just managed to clear the rebound out of their box. The teams continued to battle back and forth until Red Lion senior Parker Radecki (#3) found a little space down the middle on a counterattack and calmly slotted a left-footed ball into the corner to seal the game.

            “It obviously wasn’t the score-line we were hoping for as we know that we can play with these guys, but I honestly could not be more proud of the team. After the matchup earlier in the season we knew that we could have played much better. Apart from the first 15 minutes, this time we did. Everyone got into the game and our bench provided valuable encouragement and minutes on the field. Yes, there are things we can clean up, but these guys reminded me this afternoon why I love to coach them: They care more about representing Christ well than the score of the game… We kept our heads throughout the game and will sleep well tonight knowing we played hard and maintained our testimonies.”

            Emmaus overcame some unique adversity in the game as Freshman defender Ben Backes (#15) had to stay home sick and stopper Elijah Barsness (#1) had to come out of the game for part of the second half with a twisted ankle. As no trainer was available, Senior Travis Holtan (#11) exited the game to wrap Elijah’s ankle while the bench provided valuable minutes until the two starters could get back into the game. “We had to adjust on the fly with two missing defenders, but several guys really stepped up and played strong minutes at brand new positions… just one more reason I love to work with this group.”

            The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday when they make the long trek down to Manhattan, Kansas to take on Manhattan Christian College for the first time in school history. “They are a strong team and we will have to play our best game to stay in it, but I think our guys will be ready to go.” (Coach Brown)

"Much More Competitive" (Coach Ben Strautmann)

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on October 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Emmaus Eagles Vs. Faith Eagles (September 26th, 2014)

Emmaus returned to Ankeny, IA for a rematch against this tough Faith squad. This Emmaus team looked much more comfortable warming up and also had the support of the Emmaus Men’s Soccer Team. However, Faith overwhelmed Emmaus in what looked like what would be a repeat of the previous match (6-25).

Emmaus refused to go down without a fight, starting 4-0 in the second set. This was a completely different team we had seen in game 1 as Emmaus was making plays and not waiting for Faith to make mistakes. Faith gained ground quickly and jumped to a 5-4 lead before Coach Strautmann called a timeout. These two teams went back and forth all the way to 17-16; Faith leading. Faith then served to 24 before Emmaus stopped the strong jump server. Emmaus looked to have a little life left winning the next few points and raising the volume of the entire gym. However, Faith came out with the victory in the end erasing any hopes of a comeback.

Faith did not let up as they started Game 3 with an 8-1 lead. But once again Emmaus found a rhythm and climbed right back into the match keeping things neck and neck. Consistent play from the home team, however, seized control of the set and went on to win the match. “After game 1 we were all kind of struggling for answers. The girls grew so much in this past week and I didn’t expect us to perform the way we did. But then it seemed to click for them and I was really proud of how they responded. Game 2 and 3 is the level of play I am confident they can compete at every match. The season is a journey and we definitely took some leaps forward tonight, “Coach Strautmann concluded.


Emmaus Eagles Vs. Northland (September 27th, 2014)

These two squads would be facing off for the first time this season in a Tri-match at Dayspring Bible College. Both teams were battling from point 1 as the score was tight all the way to 17-17. Northland went on to win the next 3 points before Emmaus called a timeout. However, the momentum for Northland continued as they closed the match out with an 8-0 run.

Game 2 was nearly identical as both teams met at 17-17. Northland stepped up to the occasion once again bringing the game to 24-17. The Eagles answered with 4 straight points before Northland won the set. There was not much separating these two teams as Game 3 was very much up for grabs. However, Emmaus could not slow down the momentum as Northland came away easy with a 25-17 victory. “We have an unfortunate pattern right now of playing great late in the game. We have made many strong finishes; however, those occur when the other team has game/match point. If we can get that mentality on point 1 we will be in really good shape, “observed Coach Strautmann.



Emmaus Eagles Vs. Dayspring

In the previous meeting of these two teams Dayspring won in 3 very close games. Spectators anticipated nothing less than another thrilling match. Emmaus had a rocky start trailing late in the game 19-12. Emmaus had struggled early in games last weekend against Dayspring and were desperate for a response now. And respond they did as Emmaus would go on a 13-1 run to close the match.

Things seemed to be turning around for this young Emmaus team going into set 2. However, Dayspring answered with a convincing victory in Set 2 (25-16). Game 3 and 4 proved to be all too familiar for the Emmaus Eagles as they trailed both games 24-16 before climbing back into it. Both games were close at the end but Dayspring was able to hang on (25-22, 25-23).

“We will be looking at film on Monday. I think it will be beneficial for us ALL to see the roller coaster mind set we have right now, “Coach Strautmann said. “We were much more competitive this weekend and it was encouraging to see the Ladies growing as a unit. Now it is time to prepare for next weekend.” Emmaus will be traveling all the way to Kansas the following weekend to face Manhattan Bible College, who we have not yet had the pleasure of playing this year.


So Close In Ankeny

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

After a night of great fellowship and hospitality provided by Emmaus alum Daniel Rinehart, the Eagles took the field for a second straight day in Ankeny against a competitive squad from Calvary Bible College. The match was set up to be a messy battle from the start as heavy rains soaked the field the night before.

The Eagles controlled possession from the outset, providing a few dangerous looks, but they were unable to crack the tight and physical Warrior defense. Calvary countered the Emmaus attack in the 25th minute when sophomore Ben Moore (#10) played a ball over the Emmaus defense. Speedster Mark Rodenberg (#11) outran the Emmaus defense who were caught slightly out of position and made the Eagles pay, putting away a low ball to the corner. The rest of the half Emmaus pushed for the equalizer, but the Warrior defense continued to come up big, preventing most shots from even reaching their keeper.

The Eagles came out looking for the equalizer in the second half, but despite some dangerous buildups, it was not to be. Despite playing without subs, Calvary continued to hustle and stymy the Emmaus offense. The game ended at 0-1 with Emmaus players reminiscing with Vince Lombardi, “we didn’t lose, we just ran out of time” (Ryan Bell).

“It was a heart-breaker in so many ways. I have all the respect in the world for Calvary and their Coach Dan Nichols as they played a smart, slow down game with patient defense. The mud and their D gave us fits all afternoon. I really hope we get a chance to play them again this year at our conference tournament as it is always a great battle and the fellowship before and after is always sweet! This is the 3rd game in a row with them that has been decided by a single goal, and the third match in a row that we have fellowshipped together after the game. Overall it has been a very successful weekend and I wouldn’t trade these guys for anyone!” (Coach Brown).

The Emmaus side finished the game having created 16 shots (7 on goal) as compared to Calvary’s 6 (2 on goal). The Eagles will be in action again on Tuesday night in a rematch against the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinios. Kickoff is slotted for 3:30.