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Eagle vs. Eagle

Posted by jfullan on September 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

The Emmaus soccer Eagles took on the Faith Baptist Eagles on Tuesday night in Dubuque. The Emmaus men got off to a good start with some solid possession and dangerous crosses, but were unable to capitalize early. In the 22nd minute, the Faith Eagles were able to slip a cross behind the Emmaus defense and a nifty touch by Forward JJ Parkurst placed the ball just inside the right upper 90. Emmaus struggled to maintain possession for the remainder of the half, but still managed a few dangerous attacks. Faith would strike again in the 39th minute on a counterattack off of an Emmaus free kick. Faith midfielder Ryan Koch cleared the ball up the field to lone forward JJ Parkhurst. Emmaus sweeper Ryan Bell was in a good position to defend the counterattack and was aided by a hustling Joel Colon who stepped in to clear the ball away from Parkhurst, only to have it bounce off of Parkhurst right to the top of the 18 yard box, setting him up perfectly for a shot wide right of goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen. “There wasn’t really anything the guys could have done differently on that one. Parkhurst made a good run and the Emmaus defense put themselves in a position to stop his attack. The ball just happened to take a favorable bounce to set up Parkhurst for an open shot. Maybe the ball will bounce our way next time.” (Coach Brown)

Despite being down 2-0 to begin the second half, the Emmaus Eagles played hard, settled in, and created several near scoring chances. Still, despite outshooting Faith 8-6 in the second half, they were not able to capitalize. The Emmaus defense held strong, and the game ended in a 2-0 loss for the home team. “Overall I am pleased with the team’s efforts today and feel that we gave ourselves opportunities to score. Our defense played very well for the most part, and we are starting to put together strings of passes that make us dangerous. I am excited for the opportunity to play Faith again in a couple of weeks. Both teams showed exceptional Christ-like sportsmanship and it is a joy to watch the teams battle it out.” (Coach Brown)

Emmaus will play again at home this Friday and Saturday as they take on the Emmaus Alumni (3:30 on the 20th) and Kuyper College (12:00 on the 21st).


Categories: Men's Soccer

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