The Emory & Henry College men’s soccer team kicked off the season on a high note last Thursday evening, defeating Ferrum by a score of 3-0.
The team reportedly entered their 2016 season with low expectations due to the results of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.
“We were predicted pretty low, I believe they put us at 11 out of 12 teams,” said Massimo Tager, an E&H freshman from Asheville, North Carolina. “I don’t really know how they do all those rankings and stuff, but we know what kind of team we are and can be.”
E&H team captain, senior Zach Quest, scored the first goal of the season for the Wasps off a penalty kick. Then, sophomore Colin Foley crossed the ball over to junior Jordan Couch who kicked it in the back of the net. The Wasps would tack on one more score when sophomore Nickolas Taylor scored on an unassisted strike from long range.
Standout players include senior goalkeeper Didier Grillet, knocking out six attempted goals by Ferrum College in the final ten minutes of the game, and junior Jordan Couch, who added four goals for the Wasps during the game.
The win snapped a three game losing streak to Ferrum, and is Emory & Henry’s second season opening win in three years. The last time E&H opened the season on a shutout was also against Ferrum back in the 2011 season.
The Emory & Henry men’s soccer team will be back in action this Sunday, Sept. 11, for their first home game against Earlham at 11 a.m.
– Will Seidel