James Bruce, Sports Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
After a three match losing streak, Emory & Henry Women’s Soccer team got back to winning ways in a crucial ODAC tournament opener against Randolph College on Saturday.
Away in Lynchburg at the Wildcat stadium, E & H began the match as they meant to finish. After twenty-five minutes of tense like-for-like play, the Wasps managed to break the deadlock through senior forward Christina Ameen’s precise cross that found fresh- man forward Kelci Horner, who blasted it in for the first goal of the match.
E & H continued in trying to pile on the pressure; however, Randolph were not going to give up easily on such a momentous occasion. With only two minutes left to play, Randolph retaliated with an equaliser by forward Hunter Robinson which created a tense atmosphere in the Wasps’ camp.
The second half began nervously as both teams tried to not concede early and give away their level position, but a pervading sense that eventually one team would crack lingered throughout the stands. After 29 minutes, Emory made their move as Randolph failed to tackle junior mid- elder Lauren Fleming, who evaded a defender to deliver a pass to sophomore for- ward Ashley Love. Who, with a hefty swing of her boot, struck the ball past the keeper and into the corner of the net for Emory’s second goal.
The rest of the match remained jittery, as Emory fought not to concede whilst Randolph tried their hardest to thwart a Wasps win. However, with a blow of the whistle the ninetieth minute arrived, and E & H had ended their cursed losing streak. As replacement goalkeeper Kaela Schlevensky describes, “we fought hard for our first conference win! It was a very physical game but were able to keep possession and pull out a win”.
On Tuesday 26th E & H Women will remain on the road when they visit Southern Virginia University for a non- conference match, scheduled for 5:30pm. Let’s hope that they can take confidence from this much needed win.