Men’s Soccer Start Season 2-0

James Bruce, Sports Writer •

With great hopes and anticipation coming into the 2017 season, Emory & Henry didn’t fail to deliver with a brace of matches that has secured them an unbeaten record for the season so far.

The first match of the year for the Wasps came against Penn State University- Monto Alto on a tension-filled Friday evening. It only took five minutes for Senior Jordan Couch to produce a strike, which sailed home to brand him with E&H record for goals scored in an individual career. Couch also set the ball rolling for Junior Tyequis Stallins and Junior midfielder Colin Foley to follow suit with goals in the 13th and 20th minutes. This looked to be the final score with only six minutes to play, however Junior Joel Tidman’s wonderfully placed pass allowed Sophomore Kevin Boeren to convert on the opportunity with a fourth and final goal in the 83rd minute.

This was only the opener though, and so with high-spirits the Wasps set out to corroborate their initial efforts with a home win at the Fred Selfe stadium against Valley Forge College. To the crowd’s delight, the pursuit of victory did not disappoint. In the first 8 minutes of the game, Senior Edgar Rivas blasted a strike from 30 yards out past the keeper and into the back of the net. This was swiftly followed by another clinical half-volleyed strike by Tyequis Stallins for his second goal in back to back games. After a brief stalemate, Sophomore Campbell Hancock broke the silence with a couple of scores in the 34th and 41st minutes, with the first of them being a skilfully dinked chip over the keeper’s head and into the net. The second half also didn’t disappoint with the Wasps solidifying their lead and keeping up the pace with goals from freshman Wil Rimer and Sophomore Austin Hylton, who converted to put the game far out of Valley Forge’s reach.

When considered that this E&H team have posted a total of 64 shots in just two games, it sets a strong president for the upcoming season. These two wins seem to bode well for the Wasps, who after just two games, are beginning to display their true potential. The Wasps will be back in action, with two away non-conference matches coming up against Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, and Ferrum College.

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