|Posted by jfullan on September 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM|
The Emmaus Men’s Soccer Team opened their regular season this past Friday in Moberly, Missouri when they took on the Central Christian Saints. Emmaus fell behind 1-0 in the 18th minute when a cross deflected off of goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen and into the side of the net. Despite temperatures in the upper 90s, Emmaus battled back hard and nearly leveled the score on several close occasions before the game finally ended in 1-0 loss.
After a long ride home, the Eagles rebounded the next day in their game against the hard-working Red Lions from Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL). Emmaus got off to a fast start with Joel Olson (#3) and SunHyun (#8) Hwang setting the pace at forward, but despite several close calls, neither team was able to steal a goal in the first half. Lincoln opened the scoring in the 65th minute when Craig Hoskins (#10) was able to get behind the Emmaus defense to tuck the ball away into a corner. Emmaus had an answer. Less than two minutes later, freshman Jose Medina made a run from the Stopper position past two Lincoln defenders and converted a beautiful strike into the far side netting from 25 yards out. Neither team was able to convert again in regulation as the game passed to overtime. Emmaus nearly ended the game in the first minute of the first overtime when Joe Olson beat the keeper with a pass that was just inches out of the reach of SunHyun Hwang. After dominating the first overtime, Emmaus entered the second period hungry for a goal, which they found two minutes later! After stealing the ball and several quick passes, Joe Olson made a deep run around the right flank of the defense and crossed the ball to senior captain Micah Barsness who pounded it into the back of the net for the game-winner. With a 1-1-0 record, Emmaus’ weekend was not quite over.
The Grace Royals (Omaha, NE), visited Emmaus on Monday afternoon for what turned out to be a tough, fast, and physical match for both sides. The Emmaus defense aided by two sublime saves from Keeper Erick Rasmussen held firm until the 22nd minute when a handball on the edge of the box led to a Grace penalty kick, which they converted. That scoreline held until the 60th minute when Grace’s Kaleb Porter (#6) placed a low shot just wide of Rasmussen’s reach. Grace struck again just 5 minutes later when outstanding forward Trent McNeel (#5) was able to sneak a shot past Rasmussen in traffic. Emmaus continued to battle and created several scoring opportunities, finally conceding a 4th goal in the final minutes of the game on a quick transition from the Royals. Despite falling 4-0, the Eagles created 9 shots on goal and goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen recorded 15 saves.
On the whole, Coach Brown was incredibly pleased with his team’s efforts this weekend and looks forward to opportunities to play each of these teams again this season. “The team played hard all weekend and we kept the games close, which is all I can ask. The fan support was great and we hope to deliver a few more victories to them in the coming weeks. In the meantime I look forward to getting back to practice this week.” The team showed vast improvement each game and is excited about improving on the little things.
Emmaus will travel to St. Louis, Missouri this Saturday, September 7, to take on the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College.
Categories: Men's Soccer