Emmaus Rally, But Fall 2-1 to Late Eureka Winner

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.
The game started off well, with Emmaus controlling play and creating several early chances. However, it
was Eureka that would open the scoring, as they caught the Emmaus defense napping in the 28 th minute as
forward James Bowen found midfielder Michael Hansen, who supplied the finish. The first half ended
with the Red Devils leading 1-0.
Emmaus started the second half strong with a wave of attacks that put the Eureka defense under heavy
pressure. In the 54 th minute, a long pass from Emmaus was handled in the area and a penalty was
awarded. Freshman Carson McBain converted the penalty coolly to level the score at 1 apiece.
The final half hour was a back-and- forth battle as both sides created chances and went for a winner. Both
defenses played well to repel constant attacks, but Eureka proved the more resilient as a Eureka
midfielder found Bowen unmarked in the Emmaus penalty area, who top-poked the ball into the Emmaus
net to take the lead just 15 seconds left before full time.
The Emmaus team were despondent as the full time whistle blew, as this was the 3 rd game this season lost
on last-minute goals. Head Coach Ben Brown assessed the day's performance by saying, "That was a
tough way to go down, but I expect these guys will bounce back like they have all season. We are
competing for every match, and that reflects the growth and heart that this team has. We are proving that
we can play with anyone in our league without compromising our character. I love this group."
The Eagles wrap up conference play with a match against the Saints of CCCB away on Saturday before
the conference tournament next weekend (October 20-22).