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Eagles Men End Season with Good Fellowship and a Good Win

Posted by Megan Schuster on November 11, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team played their final match of the season on Friday afternoon. The men faced off against the Patriots of Baptist Bible College (Springfield, MO) in the 5th place game of the ACCA tournament. The matchup was the first ever between the two schools and it was a battle from the start.

The Eagles set the tone early in the first half. Playing with a strong wind at their backs, they managed to create several promising scoring opportunities before finally capitalizing in the 19th minute. Wade Dozier (#8) sent a long throw into the Patriot box, which deflected to Travis Holtan (#11), who played the ball off a Patriot defender to Joe Olson (#3) on the far side of the post. He then put the ball away for the 1-0 lead. The Patriots fought back, creating a few good chances, but it was Emmaus who had the last say in the 44th minute. Wade Dozier (#8) volleyed a ball off of a Patriot defender that then rolled to Ryan Bell (#9) at the top of the 18. Bell’s well-placed shot caught a deflection in the box and flew into the right corner of the net to give the Eagles the 2-0 halftime lead.

“We played a strong first half overall, creating 26 shots, but there is always room for improvement. Rasmussen came up with some key saves to preserve the lead” (Coach Brown).

While the first half was mostly controlled by Emmaus, the Patriots were ready in the second half and used the wind to their advantage. The Emmaus defense held stout, however, as multiple attacks were stymied by great goal-keeping (Eric Rasmussen) and a determined back four. Emmaus struggled to create as many chances in the second half, although several shot attempts went wide. The Patriots made the game more interesting in the 83rd minute when #14 delivered a perfect strike from 25 yards out that bounced into the side net, but it was not enough as Emmaus held on for the 2-1 victory. “It was perhaps the greatest game in history” said freshman midfielder Luke Telecky.

While “greatest game in history” might be a bit of a stretch, the match did see a lot of excitement with Emmaus recording 36 shots (15 on goal) and BBC 25 shots (16 on goal). Eric Rasmussen recorded 15 saves and was only beat on a perfect shot into the side netting.

“I am really proud of the guys for their effort today. At moments, they looked brilliant, passing well and moving for one another. At other times, they played hard, but a little out of control. The important thing is that they gave it their best effort, finished well, and maintained their integrity. I have seen character growth in each of these guys as the season has progressed, and win or lose it has been a privilege to coach and do life with them. We have been blessed with great fellowship all year with one another as well as the teams we have competed against, today was no exception. We were able to enjoy a sweet time of fellowship with the Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles this morning at our hotel before competing hard against Baptist Bible College, all while maintaining Christ-like attitudes. We definitely haven’t been perfect this season, but we have grown and I rejoice at the maturity I see in these men. The end of a season is always bitter-sweet as we are in many ways ready to be done and focus on school and family, but I am really going to miss this group (especially seniors Travis Holtan and Benjamin Jimenez). The offseason will be a welcome change of pace, but these guys have made me look forward all the more to next year! Thanks for a great season, men!” (Coach Brown).

The Eagles finished the season with 4 wins, 14 losses, and a 5th place finish at the ACCA tournament.


Beautiful Night, Tough Fight

Posted by Megan Schuster on November 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The 6th seeded Emmaus men’s soccer team kicked off their ACCA tournament on Thursday evening against the 3rd seeded home team Ambassadors, of Ozark Christian College. With temperatures in the upper 40s, a clear sky overhead, and almost no wind, it was a perfect November night for a soccer match.

It didn’t take the Eagles long to get warmed up. After a few early, sluggish plays, they settled in and started to find feet. While on the other side, Ozark, a skilled team with great speed up top and in the back, took root and created some dangerous attacks. In the 14th minute, Ozark’s speedster, Alex Christian (#3), made a run into the Emmaus box and managed to send a short deflected cross that landed at the feet of Jose Heredia (#14), who poked the ball into the net from close range. At that point, the game started to go back and forth with Ozark maintaining the majority of possession, but Emmaus generating several strong attacks of their own. However, it was Ozark who would strike again, as Taylor Hunt (#12) found space on a corner kick and easily headed the ball home. This time, it was the Eagles’ turn to respond as one minute later Wade Dozier (#8) engaged a defender and fed the ball to a sprinting Joe Olson (#3) on the left sideline. Joe sent a perfect cross into the box that midfielder, Justin Humphrey (#5), flicked forward to a flying Travis Holtan (#11), who then made a sliding kick that sent the ball into the top of the net. “It was a fantastic goal that involved composure, good passes, unselfish play, and a great finish. It was a pleasure to watch and well earned by senior a hard-working senior.” (Coach Brown)

While Emmaus continued to press their attack, Ozark had an answer. In the 37th minute, Josiah Javier (#18) settled a pass from Lucas Dalton (#10) just outside the Emmaus eighteen. He fired a low hard shot just out of keeper Eric Rasmussen’s reach and into the net. The goal was the last of the half. The Eagles went into the break trailing 3-1.

The second half ran much the same as the first, though with only one goal scored. In the 72nd minute, Ozark’s man, Christian Clark (#6), found a through ball on the right side of the goal and slotted a perfect shot into the far corner. Emmaus once again created a few good chances, but couldn’t manage to find the net as Ozark held on for the 4-1 win.

“I am really proud of the guys’ effort tonight. Yes, we would have loved to pull the upset, but while Ozark earned the win, we made them work for it. I told the guys at half-time that I was impressed by their “soccer” skills as they played with their heads up, completed good passes, and really proved dangerous at times. Ozark is the more skilled team, but our guys rose to the occasion and should have a sense of accomplishment for their efforts and attitudes. Coach Greer’s boys are a great group and I look forward to seeing them again next year as a part of MCCC conference play.” (Coach Brown)

Emmaus Alum Clifford Nininger, observed that, “the guys played well with some good looks. Joe was pushing well and just needed a little more help up there. Overall, the guys played hard with some good passing. At times, they looked really good.”

The Eagles will close out their tournament Friday, November 7th, against Baptist Bible College (Springfield, MO) at 2:00 in a battle for 5th place. It will be the first ever meeting of the two teams and should provide an intriguing matchup.


Eagles Come Up Short in Dog Fight

Posted by Tabitha Childrey on November 4, 2014 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Following a night of sweet fellowship with Dan Nichol’s Warriors of Calvary Bible College, the Emmaus men’s soccer team played their second round game in the Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC) on Friday in St. Louis, MO. The matchup with the Saints of Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB) was the teams’ third meeting in 2 weeks with the teams splitting in the regular season.

The first half saw both teams going back and forth with near misses on either end of the field. In the 20th minute the Saints Justin Martineau (#12) managed to split two Emmaus defenders on a miscommunication in the midfield and fire a shot toward the goal. Keeper Rasmussen made the initial save, but speedster Miguel Gudino (#7) followed the shot and managed to poke it into the side of the net for the 1-0 lead. The Eagles pushed for the equalizer before the half and were dangerous on several occasions with their wide attacks, but it was not to be despite outshooting the Saints 15-10 .“When we played wide, we were dangerous. It really could have gone either way in the first 45.” (Coach Brown)

The Eagles came out determined in the second half, but again struggled to connect passes. They earned several free kicks around the Saints box, but were unable to convert. In the 80th minutes the Saints managed to add to their lead on a counter-attack as Justin Martineau (#12) found space straight up the middle and finished a strong shot from 18 yards out. “We got caught in transition and failed to close down the shooter. A mistake like that will usually cost you, and Martineau made us pay today” (Coach Brown). The rest of the half saw the Eagles continued to push, but it was not their day as the Saints held on for the 2-0 win.

“I told the guys before the game that it was going to be a dog fight out there, and it was. The shot count was 22-20 in favor of our guys and we did hold a slim 7-6 advantage in corner kicks, but we just weren’t able to put it away today. Hats off to Mike Flynn and his Saints for their pre-game adjustments as they really earned a nice win today. I am sad to have to go home as were hoping for a re-match with Calvary Bible College who had defeated us earlier in the season 1-0. Still, it was a successful weekend in many ways and the guys showed that we can play close with tough teams and that they aren’t quitters. We learn from losing as we learn from winning, and no matter the results we want to play in a manner worth of the Gospel. I look forward to the opportunity to play in the tournament next year and to our next match-up with the Saints. We are 3-3 with them over our previous 6 games, and I look forward to many more ‘Christian’ dog fights in the future.” (Coach Brown)


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.