The men’s soccer team defeated Randolph-Macon this weekend 4-2, hindering Randolph-Macon’s chances to enter the conference tournament. The match was on Saturday at 7 p.m., but many fans faced the chilly fall night in order to cheer the Royals onto victory for their last home game of the season.
Senior Brad Knispel said, “We have some of the best fans. Some of the top ranked schools we played this season wouldn’t even have 100 fans at a home game, whereas we have as many as 800 people at the homecoming game.”
Junior Marla zumFelde, who attended the game, said, “You can really tell there is support for the team even if they aren’t having a great season, and it was great to be at the game because everyone hangs out and has fun.”
Being the last home game of the season, it was also senior night.
Before the start of the game, the eight senior players were honored for their time on the team. They were escorted by their parents and given large framed photos of themselves and EMU scarves.
After the ceremony, the game began.
Senior Carl Becker said, “I was aware of it being our last home game at EMU, but it didn’t change the way I played the game.”
EMU took charge in the first half of the game scoring two goals. The first was scored by Sophomore Joao Downs, assisted by Seniors Brendan Jeschke and Jordan Hollinger, in the 16th minute.
In the 38th minute of the game, EMU made a fast break up the left side of the field where Junior Mark Mast passed the ball to Sophomore Christian Rhine for the goal.
Within the first ten minutes after half time the Royals struck again. Junior Adam Moyer assisted Jeschke, who pushed past the defense for EMU’s third goal.
At minute 64 Randolph-Macon answered with a goal of their own.
However, the Royals were not to be stopped. Within the next minute, Rhine scored his second goal of the night in another fast break.
Though it was not going to change the outcome of the game, Randolph- Macon had the last say in goals for the night. The EMU defense could not stop the goal which was scored off a free kick.
The game ended 4 – 2, giving us the win. Junior goalie Andrew Yoder had seven saves for the night.
-Ellen Roth, Web Manager
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