Inaugural Home Match Fares Well for Men’s Soccer

Royals forward Sebastian Olguin, Senior, prepares to evade Cairn’s formidable defense. Olguin scored for the Royals in the second half.

After two games away from EMU’s field, the Men’s Soccer team was ready to finally play against an opponent on their home turf; a new experience for some members.

“I was extremely excited to play my first home game as a Royal,” said Jonathan Bush, First-Year. “I know the whole team was excited for our first home game too.” Many fans, students, parents, and faculty came to support the team.

“The players enjoy playing at home in front of an enthusiastic crowd,” said Dr. Roger E. Mast, Head Coach. Prior to each game, the men meet to go over the game plan, match details, and starting line-ups; they have a motivational talk and pray together. After they are finished, they head to the field together, pumped up and ready to go.

Unable to keep possession of the ball, Cairn earned only six shots to EMU’s 20. The EMU men did an astounding job keeping control of the field, passing efficiently to move the ball down the field.

The players had only been practicing and playing together for three weeks, and there are many new additions to the team.

“They bring a lot of excitement and enthusiasm to the field, but also have a great work ethic,” said Dr. Mast.

With 25 minutes to go in the first half, Mark Mast, Sophomore, scored the first goal of the game and the season. Just minutes before Mast scored he had been knocked to the ground while chasing after the ball, but he recovered from the foul and continued to play.

When the teams returned from half time, EMU continued to control the ball. This put pressure on Cairn to push harder for a goal, and they almost succeeded with a near miss in the seventy-ninth minute.

The Royals answered with another goal by Senior Sebastian Olguin with only 28 seconds left on the board. The game ended 2-0  leaving EMU’s record at 1-1-1.

Chelsea Harshbarger,
Staff Writer


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