The Emmaus Eagles travelled to Eureka, Illinois on Saturday to take on the Red Devils of Eureka College. Both teams entered the match with matching records at 3 wins and 1 loss, and the history between the two teams had both expecting a hard fought and very physical match. The game did not disappoint.
“Our guys picked a tough day to make some big mistakes that sort of put the game out of reach early, which is unfortunate with how well we have been playing lately. Still, they fought on, and I know they are better than the score showed today. I wouldn’t trade this year for any other, and I love working with this group who shows me time and time again not only how to play hard, but that they want to grow where it matters most… in conformity to Christ’s image. And our season isn’t done yet… we get to play again on Thursday at home against Moody Bible Institute, and I can’t wait to see how our guys fight with their season on the line. What a joy to coach them!” (Coach Brown)
The second day of the tournament saw Emmaus matched up with the #2 seeded Eagles of Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) after Faith defeated the hosts, Ozark Christian, by a score of 4-0. The “Eagle” matchup marked the 3rd of the season for the two teams with both teams winning at home. The third match between the two was set to determine who would play for the conference title Saturday afternoon.
“I won’t lie, for a brief second the thought crossed my mind ‘here we go again’,” said Coach Brown. “We have outplayed teams on several occasions this season only to fail to capitalize on opportunities and then to give up goals against the run of play. I was really interested to see how our guys would respond. They did not disappoint!”
The second half saw a momentum shift toward the Eagles as they began to send wave after wave forward. Mason McCarl (#7) faked a defender in the back and saw his left footed effort cradled by the Johnson at the near post. Minutes later Anthony Flores (#10) weaved his way through the Eureka defense, only to have Johnson block his shot to the near post.
With the clock winding down and Maranatha clinging to their one goal lead, Emmaus launched a final counter attack. After a long pass by Elijah Barsness, neat settle by Carson McBain (#11), and a cut by Mason McCarl (#7), Emmaus watched as McCarl’s shot sailed just over the goal at the literal last second.
The Eagles came out fired up in the second half and made some adjustments based on injuries in the back line, but it was Moody who added to their lead in the 58th minute when a the Eagles failed to cover the back post on a low cross.
The Emmaus men’s soccer team travelled to Eureka, Illinois on Thursday to take on the Red Devils of Eureka College. It was the first match in several weeks that did not see temperatures sore into the high 80s, and the Eagles were roaring to play despite a short roster.
The Eagles got off to a great start in the match as Anthony Flores (#10) sent in a great cross in the 7th minute that sophomore Nick Fairley (#9) calmly finished to give Emmaus the 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later it was Ozark’s turn when #10 Cotan Ceinbach fired in a left footed shot off of a set piece after a poor Emmaus clearance.
“We played about as dominant of a first half as a team can and just struggled to find the back of the net despite some great chances. I told the guys at halftime to just keep playing the way they had been and to focus on keeping their shots on frame.” (Coach Brown)
“Our guys played so hard today. We created chances, played good defense, and made some great decisions on the field. Manhattan is always a tough team and I thought our guys really made them earn it today even with tired legs and some unfortunate injuries. The good news is that we proved that we can play with them and we made some mistakes that we can correct, so this was really a great game for us to build on.” (Coach Brown)
The Eagles continued to right, with Mason McCarl (#7) hitting the post in the 80th minute right before Eli Gioja (#2) saw his left-footed shot sail just wide of the top corner of the Faith goal. The final score of 5-0 stood.
Emmaus came out of the half strong after a few tactical changes. Sophomore Carson McBain (#11) vacated his normal position of central midfielder for a short stint on the left wing to great effect. Just four minutes into the second half, McBain beat the Royals’ fullback to the byline, cut in, and played a perfect lay-off pass to Mason McCarl (So. #9), who slotted home to give Emmaus the 2-1 lead, which would last for the rest of the game.
The second match of the weekend saw the Eagles face off with a tough Red Lions squad coached by a tough competitor, Craig Hoskins. The Red Lions looked dangerous early, playing in some dangerous balls to outstanding forward, Keaton Doty (#22) which required senior defender Elijah Barsness (#1) to make a goal line save. Following those early Lion surges the Eagles began to settle in and create some dangerous attacks of their own, with Nick Fairly just missing the goal on a driven ball in the 16th minute.
“At the half we talked about the importance of making good switches, getting out
fullbacks involved in the attack, and getting the ball wide. We had been ‘living dangerously’
all half and it was time to start to settle down and to control the match.” (Coach Brown)
The second half witnessed the Eagles come out with a flurry. Just two minutes into
the half the Calvary defense managed to clear an attack, only to see the ball settled by
center defender Elijah Barsness (#1) who sent in a perfect cross to the back post. With
perfect technique, Carson McBain (#11) hit the ball out of the air just inside the far post for
the 2-0 lead.
The Eagles added to their lead in the 65th minute when Joe Olson (#3) played in a
perfect corner kick to the back post where a waiting Brandon Young headed the ball in for
his second goal of the match. For the remainder of the game the Eagles continued to press
the attack, using great combination play and sending in dangerous crosses. Their efforts
were rewarded a final time in the 88th minute when Joe Olson (#3) won the end line and
sent a low ball across the face of the goal to a waiting Eddyn Rivera (#4) who sliced the ball
into the upper 90. The score held at 4-0 as Erik Rasmussen and the defense recorded their
second shutout of the season.
“I was super proud of the guys. They really stepped it up big in the second half and did what we asked. The Saints are a much improved team with a ton of potential moving forward, and it is always a pleasure to match up with Coach Brent Messimer. The game was a great battle and once again we trust that the Lord was honored by our efforts and attitudes. It is a pleasure to go into battle with these boys week in and week out.” (Coach Brown).
The game kicked off with both teams establishing their determination to play with
great intensity. Players slid, tackled hard, and bodied up all over the field with neither team
seeming to gain an advantage over the other. At half time the score was knotted at goose
eggs with Faith holding slight shot advantage while Emmaus held the advantage in corner
The Eagles got off to a great start when Brandon Young (#13) was fouled in the box in the 4th minute. For the fourth this season Carson McBain (#11) stepped up and buried the penalty to give Emmaus a one goal lead. Minutes later Young looked to double the Emmaus lead when he received a ball on the wing and sealed off a defender only to see his shot sail wide. The rest of the half saw several great opportunities for the Eagles who struggled to beat strong Saints keeper Lance Patrick. For their part, the Saints created a few good scoring chances of their own, but the Emmaus defense held firm.
The Emmaus Eagles Men’s Soccer team took to the road this weekend for matches against Ozark
Christian College and Calvary University. The Eagles, traveling without Head Coach Ben Brown, were
led by Assistant Coach Cliff Conrad for the weekend.
The Emmaus Eagles Men’s Soccer team was back in action on Thursday as they hosted the Red Devils of
Eureka College. Emmaus and Eureka had previously met in the season, with Eureka coming out with a 5-
2 win earlier in the season, so the return fixture was highly anticipated.
“Our guys really showed up to play again today. That was pure team soccer as the defense held strong, the midfield defended and possessed well, and the forwards were dangerous all game. We capitalized on the opportunities we had, and we were stingy around our own goal. I am really proud of the way the guys stepped up and played for one another today. Faith is a tough team and it is no small task to beat them twice in a season, but no matter the outcome, the greatest joy for me is watching the young men from both teams play hard yet with character. The fellowship with Faith is something I really appreciate and it makes it a pleasure to play them.” (Coach Brown)
The Emmaus men’s soccer team began a five game home stretch on Friday night by taking on the Thunder of Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). It was the Thunder’s first trip to Dubuque after having defeated the NCCAA Division II #5 ranked Randall University on Tuesday. Emmaus, for their part, entered the game having won their previous two conference matches and looking for a third.
The Emmaus men’s soccer team hosted the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL) on Saturday. The Eagles looked to rebound after a tough battle the night before against conference for Manhattan Christian that saw them fall 2-1. The Red Lions, in a rebuilding year after recently entering the NAIA division, were looking for a big win of their own.
“I was super proud of the guys and the way they fought today. I know Faith has been a bit beat up and they have some players nursing some injuries, but that doesn’t take away from how well our guys played. They wanted this game today and their efforts clearly paid off.
“The guys fought hard. It was honestly a pretty ugly game for both sides that could have gone either way. Give Barclay credit for the way they pushed us late and won the game. I don’t like the loss, but the guys clearly fought hard and are improving with each match. I am confident that they will respond well in their matchup tomorrow.” (Coach Brown)