Emory & Henry men’s soccer played their final two games of the season this past week against Lynchburg and Eastern Mennonite. The No. 17 Lynchburg Men’s Soccer team remained atop of the ODAC standings with a 3-0 win over visiting E&H last Wednesday. The Hornets are ranked nationally by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) and are the number 3-ranked team in the South Atlantic Region. After the first 30 minutes of the game went scoreless, Lynchburg got on the board in the 34th minute off a head in by Nate Berning. Coming out of the break with a 1-0 lead, Lynchburg would add on at the 57:55 mark with a Zach Thomas strike. The last score came from Ryan Pikunas with 28:28 left to play to make the final score 3-0.
The game against Eastern Mennonite was a different story. Both teams seemed evenly matched, but the breaks went to the Royals. Eastern Mennonite got on the scoreboard with a free kick goal at the 39:18 mark. Emmanuel Boamah hit a free kick and with a fluke bounce went right over the head of Grillet for the score. Massimo Tager, who was on the sideline being tended for an injury, was just able to get a glimpse of the goal.
“That had to be one of the biggest fluke goals I have ever seen,” Tager replied. “He (Grillet) never gives up those types of goals at all, it was tough and I felt for him.” The disappointment on Grillet’s face was very noticeable, as he had both hands on his head in complete shock. However, it was quickly shrugged off and play resumed to normal. The Wasps had a chance to get on the board with 5:37 into the second half. Zach Quest kicked a shot in the top right corner of the goal but the Royal’s goal keeper was able to keep the ball out. With 9:04 left to play, the final score came from Dylan Polley as he headed in a cross from Dave Drafton to the near post to make the score, and eventual final score, 2-0.
E&H also honored their three seniors this past Saturday: Ian Smith, Zach Quest, and Didier Grillet. Though their season ended, Tager was still excited about the future. “We just had one of the best seasons Emory has had in a while, so we got a lot to look forward to, we’re a very young team that can still grow and improve. I’m very excited.”
The Wasps finished their season at (10-8-1), finishing 10th in the ODAC.
– Will Seidel