The Emmaus men's soccer team played their final home match of the season against
the visiting Warriors of Calvary University on Saturday. The two teams had squared off in
Kansas City at midseason with the Eagles winning 4-1. Both teams had improved down the
stretch of the season as the Emmaus defense had tightened up and Calvary had managed to
keep games tight.
The match kicked off at 10:00 on an unusually warm late October morning. The
Eagles, playing in front of a crowd of over 200 for parents and alumni weekend, looked to
finish their regular season in strong form. The opening minutes of the game saw Emmaus
take control and work the ball around, creating several dangerous opportunities. Their
attacks were stymied, however, as Calvary started to settle in and created a few chances of
their own. The Eagles finally found an opening in the 42ndminute when Mason McCarl
(#17) won a ball on the end line and played a low cross to Brandon Young (#13) who
buried his shot from close range. The Eagles went in at halftime up by one goal after
outshooting Calvary 16-5.
"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.
"That was just a great all around team win for us. The defense did their jobs, the
offense developed some great attacks, we recorded four assists to go with our four goals,
and as always, there was a great show of sportsmanship on both sides. We have always had
a great relationship with Calvary and I look forward to Lordwilling matching up with them
many times in the years to come." (Coach Brown)
The Eagles are currently scheduled to finish their season at the ACCA tournament in
Joplin, MO November 10-12. Their seed and schedule will await the results of the NCCAA II
Midwest regional tournament.