Will Seidel, Sports Editor • email@example.com
The Emory & Henry Men’s Soccer team opened up conference play against the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins, on Saturday, September 23rd, at Emory & Henry College. The Marlins would take the contest by a score of 2-0.
Virginia Wesleyan scored their first goal early in the game, as Tyriq Well- man was able to break away from the defense down the right side and rocket into the net at the nine minute mark. Neither team would score again until the second half until Ikechukwu Etonyeaku scored a goal for the Marlins at the 66:30 mark to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Marlins. The score would not change from there.
The last five games have been rough for the Wasps. After starting the season 3-0, the Wasps have lost their last five games and have dropped to 3-5 on the year and 0-1 in conference play. One of the main reasons for the Wasps slump has been the injuries. Sophomore Massimo Tager spoke on the issue. “We have a lot of injuries right now, such as four or five defenders, so we had to switch things up a bit.” Tager would continue, “They were a pretty good team, they had a lot of individually skilled players, and we didn’t play bad, just didn’t convert our chances.”
One of the injured Wasps for the Men’s soccer team is sophomore defender Peyton Williams, who displayed his frustration on not being able to play due to his injury. “It’s awful, there’s nothing worse than having to sit there and not be able to contribute to the outcome of the game.” Williams, who is recovering from facial injuries from a couple of weeks ago against Bridgewater, spoke on his team’s performance despite the injuries. “The last time we played them (Virginia Wesleyan) we lost 7-0, so only losing 2-0 was a big improvement. Obviously we want to win, but we have to make progress one step at a time.”
When asked how the injuries have affected the team, Williams replied, “Very negatively. We lost four starters so our defense is struggling. But it’s given some other guys the opportunity to play and get some minutes.”
The Wasps ended up winning their game yesterday September 26 against John- son University on the road 2-1 in double overtime. Tyequis Stallins scored both goals for the Wasps. Stallins is looking to make it three years in a row as an All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference player on one of the three teams.