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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)

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.


90 Minutes In Ankeny

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles soccer team took on the Faith Baptist Eagles of Ankeny, Iowa on Friday afternoon. It was the second of three games on Faith’s field this year and the Eagles came in with the goal of putting together a complete game after surrendering late first half goals to Barclay College earlier in the season.

Emmaus got off to a solid start, creating several dangerous attacks and working hard to get behind Faith’s back line. Faith would strike first, however as in the 8th minute #4 Marcus Wilkes picked up a rebound in the box and scored from six yards out. “It was unfortunate to concede the early goal as we had not given much room up to that point.” (Coach Brown).

The teams continued to battle back and forth and both managed to create close scoring opportunities. Faith would strike again, however, as outstanding freshman Tui Hunkin(#15) won a 50/50 in the box and fired a cracking half volley off of the cross bar and down into the net for the 2-0 lead. “There wasn’t much to be done on that one as we were in position. That was just a brilliant effort by Hunkin.” (Coach Brown)

The score stood at 2-0 at halftime with the shot count showing 12-7 in favor of Faith. “I told the guys I couldn’t have been more proud of their efforts. We put together a solid 45 minutes, and had been just inches away from scoring on a couple of occasions to draw even. We just needed another strong 45 minutes.”

The second half began much as the first with both teams going back and forth and Faith striking again as Tui (#15) added a second goal on a one touch shot off of a beautiful cross from #11 Joseph Frerichs. This time Emmaus had an answer. In the 57th minute, Emmaus forced a turnover on the offensive third and Joe Olson (#3) sent a ball off of the Faith keeper that rolled to the feet of a charging Benjamin Jimenez (#10) who managed to redirect the ball into the net. “That goal really exemplified the way we played all night: Scrappy. The guys’ hard work paid off and resulted in a goal.” (Coach Brown).

Emmaus continued to fight to keep things close and Senior Travis Holtan (#11) sent a long-range effort off the cross bar. It was not to be, however, as Faith managed to score one more goal on a one time hit from the top of the 18 in the 16th minute (Joseph Frerichs, #11) . The 4-1 score-line would stand until the final whistle.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. They executed things we worked on in practice, playing strong in the air, communicating well, and creating some great scoring changes. We may have been outshot 25-13, but we put some great shots on frame and had some dangerous buildups that we just weren’t quite able to finish. Faith may have controlled possession for some long portions of the game, but the guys really defended well together, providing excellent support defense. Besides his early bobble in the game, Keeper Erik Rasmussen came up big on several occasions, showing sure hands and great positioning (11 saves total). The last time we played in Ankeny we played a solid 42 minutes. Today, we put together a strong 90. Instead of getting beat on mental mistakes, we were beat by great shooting from a classy and skilled Faith side. They earned the win, we earned some rest!” (Coach Brown)

The Eagles won’t be able to rest for long as they take on the Calvary Bible College Warriors on Saturday at Faith’s field with the kickoff slotted for 3:00. “We always look forward to playing Calvary as they are a classy bunch coached by Dan Nichols, an experienced coach that I greatly admire for his Christ-like character and knowledge of the game. If we play like we did against Faith, it should be a very exciting match tomorrow.” (Coach Brown)


Eagles Soar In the Sun

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on September 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The sun came out just in time for the Eagles to take on the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College on Saturday (September 20th). The Eagles, coming off a tough match vs. Clarke University the night before, were eager to try to earn their first victory of the season in front of their home crowd.

The Eagles pressed the attack early and often and possessed well, though they struggled to create any solid early shots. In the sixth minute, on only their second shot of the game, Andy Bell (#4) found Travis Holtan (#11) on a low cross at the back post that got the Eagle’s on the board.

Despite a plethora of shots, the Eagles failed to extend their lead. In the 13th minute, Soldier forward Elijah Keen (#4) managed to get behind the Eagle defense on a breakaway and tied the game at ones. The Eagles answered with a barrage of shots, and in the 24th minute sophomore Joe Olson (#3) scored his second goal of the season on a low shot that bounced off Solder keeper Malachi Keen and trickled into the net.

After that goal there was no looking back for the Eagles. Just before half, left footed midfielder Nick Skoglund (#13) played a perfect right-footed cross to team-mate Andy Bell (#4) who put the ball away for his first goal of the season. “Just minutes prior to the cross I had told Nick to ‘square his hips’ when he sent a cross over the goal. He listened, and his second cross was perfect.” (Coach Brown).

The Eagles went into the half with a two goal lead, but recognizing that they had room to improve. They managed 21 first half shots, but only eight were on frame. “I always remind the guys that they will never score a goal that is not on target, and that is something we will continue to work on in practice.” (Coach Brown)

The second half found the Eagles picking up where they had left off. After some wild saves by the Soldier defense, Andy Bell (#4) played a perfect ground pass to a streaking Benjamin Jimenez (#10) who notched his first goal of the year. The scoring ended in the 70th minute when Travis Holtan (#11) split the Soldier defense and played a ball of the post. The rebound bounced off several players in the six yard box before a Soldier defender attempting to clear the ball wide hit the ball into the side of the net for an own goal.

The Eagles held on for the 5-1 victory and earned their first victory of the season, improving their overall record to 1-4. The team recorded an impressive 44 shots in the game and goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen demonstrated sure hands in goal on the occasional Soldier counter-attack, recording six saves. The Soldiers put on a strong show and played to the final whistle despite playing the game with only one available sub. Junior defender Daniel Swezey made two incredible goal-line saves to keep the score-line from widening.

“The guys played a solid game today, improving on the little things as they went. Their attitudes were positive and everyone seemed hungry to play. One of the privileges of working with this group of guys is knowing that they will take to heart any instructions they receive. I am excited to watch the guys continue to improve in the coming weeks.” (Coach Brown)

The Eagles look to carry their momentum into some big games next weekend as they will take on NCCAA Division II #5 Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny on Friday (September 26th) and the Warriors of Calvary Bible College Saturday (September 27th). “We always enjoy playing both of those teams and are excited for some great soccer and fellowship.” (Coach Brown)