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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.


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.

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.

Sun, Soccer, and Success in the South

Posted by jfullan on November 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team travelled south to a warm and sunny Joplin, Missouri to compete in the ACCA National Tournament in a full weekend of soccer, fun, and fellowship accompanied by the Emmaus volleyball team.

The Eagles (#5 seed) took on the Warriors of Calvary Bible College (#4 seed) on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the tournament. The team was excited about the rematch with Calvary who had defeated Emmaus 2-1 earlier in the season. The Eagles got off to a great start, possessing the ball and creating scoring opportunities, but the Warriors managed to find the net first when outstanding senior Ross Harris (#14) evaded the Emmaus defense and fired a shot that bounced off of goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen’s hands and trickled into the net. The half ended with the Eagles trailing 0-1, but there was plenty of exciting soccer to be played.

Cheered on loudly by the volleyball team, Emmaus controlled the momentum of the second half and freshman Joe Olsen tied the game up with his 8th goal of the year on a strong shot just wide of the keeper. Emmaus took the lead a few minutes later when the ball rebounded out of the Calvary penalty area off of an Emmaus corner kick. Freshman defender Ryan Bell stepped to the ball and fired a rocket into the upper ninety for his first goal of the season. The Emmaus offense continued to press the attack, but Calvary had an answer when Ross Harris scored his second goal of the game to tie things up on a strong turn in the Emmaus box. Overtime seemed imminent as the two teams battled hard all over the muddy field, each creating near scoring opportunities. Then, in the final minute of play, Andy Bell won a powerful header in the box that deflected off a Calvary defender and into the goal to seal a 3-2 victory for the Eagles.

“I am really proud of the guys’ efforts today. Both teams battled hard and exemplified both strong play and Christ-like character. It is always a privilege to play the Warriors as they are well-coached and follow the example of their Coach, Dan Nichols.” (Coach Brown)

Thursday night after the game the Emmaus teams met up with the Calvary teams for a time of sharing, singing, prayer, and fellowship. “It was a rich time for both teams to worship and encourage one another, remembering our great Savior together and celebrating being a part of His team.”

On Friday afternoon the Emmaus men took on the #1 seeded hosts, Ozark Christian College. As the game got under way, it was evident that Ozark possessed a great deal of both speed and skill and kept the Emmaus defense busy early and often. Finally, in the 24th minute, Ozark found the back of the net as they managed to claim a hard fought 50/50 ball and cross it into the box where a waiting forward made a strong turn to score a goal. The Emmaus attack struggled to gain much momentum against the speed of the Ozark defense and went into the half trailing 0-1.

Emmaus came out fired up in the second half and after battling primarily in the midfield for 10 minutes they recorded the first shot on goal of the half. It was Ozark, however, that would strike again as outstanding midfielder Connor Wood (#6) played a perfect through ball to streaking outside midfielder Skyler Davis who put the shot away with one neat touch. “There wasn’t a lot the defense could have done as it was a great pass and excellent finish.”

Just minutes later Ozark struck again on a long range shot that beat keeper Erik Rasmussen into the left corner. The score would hold at 0-3 for most of the second half before Ozark managed to notch a two more goals courtesy of their speed and determination.

“No one ever likes to lose, but I have to say our guys fought hard and gave themselves a chance. Erik Rasmussen recorded some phenomenal saves to keep things close and the defense held strong for most of the game. Ozark is a very skilled team with a lot of speed and a skilled bench. Even better, they are a classy team who clearly enjoys both the game as well as the fellowship on the field. It was a privilege to play them and I look forward to seeing them in future years. Coach Greer clearly has his priorities straight in working with his team as they play extremely hard without sacrificing their testimony.”

The final test for Emmaus came on Saturday morning as they faced Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Moore, OK) in the 3rd place game of the tournament. The Eagles got off to a good start by putting strong pressure on the Hillsdale midfield and setting up a few good crosses early. Hillsdale quickly regained their composure, however, to set the tone for the game. Using crisp passes and strong finishing, Hillsdale managed to knot two goals in the opening half as Emmaus struggled to apply consistent pressure on their shooters. Coach Brown reported that, “We gave them a little too much space, which I realized later had more to do with tired legs than lack of effort on our part.”

The second half brought more of the same as the weekend-weary Eagles struggled to find energy to match Hillsdale’s, who scored just two minutes into the new half and twice more halfway through. “We were clearly tired as we had yet to face 3 games in 3 days this year, and credit Hillsdale for taking advantage of the space we afforded them on defense. They clearly played a better game and I applaud their fitness and finishing.” Emmaus did not give up, however, as they finally managed to score a goal of their own with just two minutes to spare. Travis Holtan (#5) battled for a ball in the left corner, won the endline, and then played a perfect cross to freshman Joe Olsen (#3) who headed the ball into the goal from close range. “The guys don’t give up. Though energy was low and our play was a little frustrating at times, the guys continued to work for one another until the final whistle.”

Despite falling in their final two games of the tournament, the Eagles finished 4th overall and count it a very successful weekend for the team and the program. “Before our first game of the tournament we shared as a team what would make this a successful weekend. Sure, winning games can be part of success, but we all agreed that playing our hardest, growing in our relationships with one another and other teams, and representing our school, families, and Savior well were the key ingredients for a successful weekend. Though there is always room for growth, I would have to say mission accomplished as far as the team goes. This season we grew together through wins and losses, and it is hard for me to imagine working with a more fun group of guys who genuinely care for one another on and off the field. They are not a group to be taken for granted as I only wish I could have them all around for a few more years. I have grown significantly as a coach this year from working with them, and I count it a great privilege to be a part of this team.”

Emmaus finished their season with a record of 6 wins, 14 losses, and plenty of potential looking toward next year.


Strong End To Emmaus Soccer Regular Season

Posted by jfullan on October 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team ended their regular season this past weekend with back to back wins against Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) and St. Louis Christian College (St. Louis, MO).

Friday night’s match against the Saints of CCCB was anything but pretty as Emmaus struggled to stay onside against the tight Saint’s trap. Both teams came close to scoring on several occasions before Micah Barsness blasted a ball past the Saint’s keeper off of an assist from Travis Holtan. The score would hold until the 4th minutes of the second half when Banjamin Jimenez tapped in a corner kick fed by freshman Joe Olsen. The Saints did not quit, however, and scored off of a perfectly placed free kick following a handball just outside the Emmaus box. Joe Olsen then regained the two goal lead for the eagles with textbook cross goal shot off of an assist from Miguel Rodriguez. The Saints would draw within a goal for the second time after a controversial offsides call near midfield led to a Saint’s free kick. The Eagles had an answer. Travis Holtan notched his first goal of the night on a loose ball in the box following a header by Joe Olson. The Saints were not finished, however, and managed to get back one final goal late in stoppage time as the score ended 4-3 in favor of the home team.

“I was really proud of the way the guys fought last night. Despite a plethora of sometimes questionable off sides calls, the team managed to score 4 goals against a team who held them scoreless at the beginning of the season. There was a lot to learn from the game both regarding our play and our response to adversity. I suppose that when Paul wrote that we should ‘do everything without grumbling and complaining,’ (Phil. 2:14) he was anticipating that challenging situations would arise. Last night was one of those times, and we learned our lesson and still managed to escape with the victory.”

In their second match of the weekend the Eagles took on the Soldiers of SLCC. The Eagles started the game well, settling the ball and finding open players despite slippery conditions. Senior Andy Bell got the scoring started in the 15th minute when he intercepted a pass on the Soldier back line and rifled a shot into the far corner for his first goal of the season. The Soldiers battled hard and had a few near misses of their own before Micah Barsness drove home a shot off of an assist from Ryan Bell just before the half.

Emmaus came out firing in the second half, putting immediate pressure on the Soldier defense. Travis Holtan then scored on a redirected ball off of a Ryan Bell corner kick (51st minute). Micah Barsness scored five minutes later on another corner after settling a loose ball in the box on another corner kick. “We have been working hard in practice at wanting the ball in the box, and it paid off with two corner kick goals in a row” (Coach Brown).

The Eagles weren’t done. Joe Olsen received a long ball down the sideline from Ryan Bell and proceeded to sidestep a defender before firing the ball through the goalie’s legs. The Eagle’s final goal of the match came four minutes later when defender Joel Colon made a brilliant run down the right flank and battled his way through the Soldier defense before knocking the ball into the net.

The 6-0 scoreline would stand as Emmaus recorded its 5th win and 3rd shutout of the season. Goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen recorded 17 saves on the weekend and Ryan Bell managed three assists in the game against St. Louis. The team managed 28 a shots on goal on 43 attempts between the two games and scored on three corner kicks. “It was nice to pick up a couple of wins down the stretch. The guys took care of business on the field and played hard, unselfish soccer. I commend both CCCB and St. Louis for their efforts and look forward to future matches with them.” (Coach Brown)

The Eagles (5-9) will scrimmage a team from neighboring Divine Word seminary this coming Thursday, October 24th at 4pm in what will be their last home match of the season before travelling down to Joplin, MO on November 6th for the ACCA national tournament. “I look forward to seeing what we can do with a healthy, improving, and hard-working team. It has been a joy to work with them this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if our best games are still to come.” (Coach Brown)


Better Than a Win

Posted by jfullan on October 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus soccer men played two games this past weekend against the Crusaders from Maranatha Baptist Bible College (Watertown, WI) and the Saints of Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Moore, OK). Going into the Friday night match in Watertown, the Eagles were excited about the opportunity to play what they knew would prove to be a fast, organized, skilled, and well-coached team. Emmaus was able to hold Maranatha scoreless for 20 minutes with some scrappy defense, but the relentless Crusader attack proved too much for an injury-ridden Emmaus defense, managing 5 goals over the final 25 minutes of the half.

It was more of the same in the second half as Maranatha’s starters scored 2 goals in the first two minutes. The Crusaders’ subs, doubtless eager to impress their coach, continued the show by adding 4 additional goals as the game ended 0-11.

“It isn’t often that I have almost all positive things to say after an 11 goal beating,” said Coach Brown. “Maranatha was fantastic. The speed of their tack, the composure of their midfield, and the unselfish play of some of the best soccer players I have seen this year was impressive to watch. Coupled with their strong show of Christ-like sportsmanship, I can’t help but wish them all the best as they finish up their season. On the other side of the ball, our guys played hard and impressed me by the way they handled themselves for the entire 90 minutes that they were on the field. There was no quit in them as they recorded their only shots on goal in the final 10 minutes of the game. Further, after each goal conceded, I was encouraged to see my team reach out to pick one another up and encouraging their goalie that he would get the next one… he did manage 22 saves, after all. It makes me proud to coach them all as somethings matter more than winning.”

On Saturday, Emmaus returned to their homefield to take on the Saints of Hillsdale. Emmaus game out energized, excited to play on a beautiful day in front of their home crowd with one of their healthiest teams of the year. Senior Zack Armfield finally made his season debut after coaching from the sidelines following a bad sprain in the preseason. He did not disappoint as the Eagle defense held for the first 20 minutes before Zack had to step out for a breather. A few minutes later, the Saints took a 1-0 lead when the Eagles found themselves off balance in the back and wildly diving at the ball. The Saints then struck twice more before half as Emmaus struggled to close down shooters. “It was frustrating to watch as both our offense and defense had been playing so well, battling for balls and creating scoring opportunities. You never like to find yourself in the hole like that, but the guys were ready to fight back.” (Coach Brown)

The second half got off to a great start as Emmaus put consistent pressure on the Hillsdale’s back line. Travis Holtan recorded his first goal of the season off of an assist from Andy Bell on a bouncing ball in the box. “It was great to see the guys score a scrappy goal. We have been working on wanting the ball more than teams we play, and in that case, we wanted it.”

The rest of the half went back and forth with Emmaus controlling much of the possession and nearly scoring a second goal. It was Hillsdale, however, who managed to sneak in one more on a close free kick from the top of the box. Eagle Keeper Erik Rasmussen, who recorded 10 saves on the day, managed to get his hand on the ball before it hit the side netting. The score line would stand at 1-4 in favor of Hillsdale.

“No one likes to lose, but I am really proud of the guys efforts this weekend. Their testimony and hard play make it a privilege to coach them, and with injured players finally coming back out to play I love our potential as we finish up the season.”

Emmaus plays a double-header at home this coming weekend against CCCB from Moberly, Missouri and SLCC from St. Louis.


Meet Freshman Soccer Player Ryan Bell

Posted by jfullan on October 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Tell us about where you are from, when you started playing soccer, and what brought you to Emmaus.

I was born in Pensacola, Florida but grew up in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old. I ended up at Emmaus largely in part because my friend who I go to a bible camp with has two brothers at Emmaus so that got me interested enough to check it out. Then I fell in love with the family environment and great bible program.

2. What is your major?

Business Administration/Bible Theology

3. What is your favorite memory on the field or involving soccer?

My favorite memory involving soccer would have to be my dad being my coach all through youth soccer. He pushed me harder than everyone else and although I didn't always like it at the time I'm very thankful for how it has made me a better player and person today.

4. What is your favorite junk food?

Junk food? Probably cookies or ice cream...but not often.

5. Favorite movie?

I'm not a huge movie guy but if I had to pick a favorite, Megamind. But I like the tv show Psych a lot.

6. Favorite verse/passage? Why?

My favorite verse of the bible is Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grevious words stir up anger." My parents always quoted this verse growing up and more and more I am realizing how very true it is. We can't always control how others act and behave but we can control how we respond and communicate with others. And if that communication is gentle, patient, and kind it has a profound effect on others behavior.

7. Tell us why you feel students should come support Emmaus' sports teams.

Emmaus sports are really exciting, in large part because of the family atmosphere here. Everyone knows everyone and its really fun to cheer on your friends and its a great environment. The more fans we have at a game and the louder they are, the better we play, so come cheer all the sports teams on!

Hurting Emmaus Struggles in Omaha

Posted by jfullan on October 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on Friday to take on the Grace University Royals. After resting several injured players during the week Emmaus was hopeful for a strong showing against the Royals, but it was not to be. The Emmaus defense, already missing two injured players, struggled to stay organized against a fast and furious Grace attack. Despite a strong effort from all players, Emmaus found themselves trailing 0-3 at the half. Emmaus played hard in the second half, but again struggled to slow the Royals who notched 5 additional goals on some tough shooting.

Despite the 0-8 loss, the Emmaus team played with integrity and all of the energy they could muster, hitting two shots of their own off of the woodwork. Goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen made several strong saves to keep the score line from being even more one-sided.

“It obviously was not our strongest showing of the year, and hats off to Grace for their tough play, strong shooting, and show of Christ-like character. Still, there are things to build on and it will make a big difference when several of our key defenseman are healthy again. Our attack is also becoming increasingly dangerous, and I keep telling the guys that our shots are going to fall… hopefully sooner than later!” (Coach Brown)

Emmaus will seek to get rested and healthy this week as they prepare for a tough weekend of matches versus Maranatha Baptist (Waterton, WI) and Hillsdale Freewill Baptist (Moore, OK).

So Close in Ankeny

Posted by jfullan on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

For the second time in a week the Emmaus men’s soccer team fell short by a goal in Ankeny, Iowa. After falling to the Warriors of Calvary Bible College on Tuesday 1-2, the Emmaus Eagles looked to rebound against the Faith Eagles. Emmaus came out strong and played an exceptional first half, going into the break knotted at zeroes with several near misses. It seemed only a matter of time before they would find the back of the net, but it was not to be.

With just 18 minutes to go in the game Faith found the net after Emmaus failed to clear a bouncing ball in the box. Faith senior captain Joshua Huang (#19) won the ball in traffic and managed to bounce a shot off an Emmaus defender and into the goal. The final 20 minutes of the half saw several good opportunities for both teams, with neither able to capitalize. Despite the disappointing 0-1 loss, the game was a huge stepping stone for the Emmaus men.

“It was by far our most complete game of the season. We played excellent team defense, communicated well, possessed well, created scoring opportunities, and executed things we have been working on in practice. It was evident from the starting whistle that Emmaus wanted the ball every chance they got, bodying up with Faith players and breaking up their opponent’s rhythm. Sure, I am disappointed to have come up short in the score line, but I couldn’t be more proud of the guys play and effort. They fought to the final whistle and represented Christ well on the field. I can’t wait to see them in action in the coming weeks.” (Coach Brown)

Emmaus’ next game is a rematch with Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday, October 4.