Men’s Soccer Struggles Against Roanoke

James Bruce, Sports Writer •

After a series of unfortunate losses and a terrible turn of form, E&H pursued a win to cap of their season on some sort of a positive.

Unfortunately, after just twenty minutes of battling hard, the Wasps were to come undone. Roanoke forward Brandon Bauer struck a one-time hit on the edge of the box which sailed past the keeper and found the top right corner.

The Maroons didn’t take their foot off the tempo too, and with just 2 minutes gone since the first goal midfielder Jose Robertson scored off of an assist from winger Fortune Sibanda.

The half-time break provided a much-needed break, however even this could not stifle the energy and positive play of Roanoke. Immediately after the beginning of half-time, the onslaught continued. Roanoke added a third goal as Jon-Cody Mactutus sat the ball up for Cole Thornton to slam into it with a left-footed volley which beat the keeper, and with this all hope for E&H was lost.

This did not stop the Wasps from showing some fighting spirit though. Senior midfielder David Jackson settled a rebound off of the post and placed it over the line to regain some dignity for the Wasps.

This game unfortunately sums up Emory & Henry’s season. With just six shots compared to Roanoke’s twenty, the statistics bluntly reveal the Wasps’ lack of opportunities which they are struggling to create and finish. This is clear to see in their record of thirteen losses, one draw, and five wins this season. Throughout the semester, the team has started off too slowly and gone two or three goals behind before they manage to fight back and create goal-scoring chances.

Passing has been an issue, with only 2 conference assists in the whole nine game tournament. There have been flashes of brilliance with brilliant individual efforts, but as a team they have struggled to gel and make the shots count. The Wasps did manage to finish their season with a goal to reconcile some pride, and this hopefully will be carried into the next season with a new batch of players.

Emory & Henry will now await the announcement of the winners of the 2017 ODAC Tournament.

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