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Strong End To Emmaus Soccer Regular Season

Posted by jfullan on October 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

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)


Categories: Men's Soccer

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