On Wednesday night, the men’s soccer claimed an early lead against Maryville College (Tenn.) en route to a 4-1 win that ended a two-game losing streak. The Eagles improved to 5-2-0 this season. This is the Maryville Scots’ first loss of the season as they drop to 2-1-1.
Junior midfielder Michael Rheaume scored his second goal of the season in the 29th minute.
The Eagles held the lead at 1-0 until the second half when sophomore midfielder Nick Schook scored off an assist from senior forward Andrew Jones in the 49th minute. This was Schook’s first goal of the season and Jones’ second assist, which strengthened Emory’s lead to 2-0.
Alex Waddell scored the Scots’ only goal of the game in the 56th minute, immediately followed by Schook’s second goal in the 64th minute.
Freshman forward Max Gomas scored Emory’s fourth and final goal in the 75th minute off freshman forward Jason Andrejchak’s second assist of the season.
Gomas was pleased with his performance, and the team’s as a whole.
“I feel as if I took complete advantage of the time that I had on the pitch in tonight’s match-up,” he said. “We came into the game as we would for any match; expecting to win. And that’s exactly what we did, together, as a team.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Abe Hannigan played the entire game and recorded four saves, improving to 5-2-0 on the season. He also lowered his goals-against average to 1.17.
The Eagles finished the game with 14 shots (nine on goal) while the Scots finished with 12 shots, including five on goal.
The team plays against Berry College this Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Woodruff P.E. Center (WoodPEC). This will open a season-long four game home stand. Gomas stressed the need to stay focused after breaking the streak.
“To prepare for our match-up against Berry on Saturday, we have to listen to the coaching staff’s scout and be very tentative and aware of the things that we do off the field to make sure that we are physically and mentally prepare for Saturday,” he said.
– By Liza Atillasoy
Photo courtesy of Emory Athletics