2016-17 Men's Soccer News
October 30, 2016
Eagles Close Regular Season With Shutout Win
“At the half we talked about the importance of making good switches, getting out fullbacks involved in the attack, and getting the ball wide. We had been ‘living dangerously’ all half and it was time to start to settle down and to control the match.” (Coach Brown) The second half witnessed the Eagles come out with a flurry. Just two minutes into the half the Calvary defense managed to clear an attack, only to see the ball settled by center defender Elijah Barsness (#1) who sent in a perfect cross to the back post. With perfect technique, Carson McBain (#11) hit the ball out of the air just inside the far post for the 2-0 lead. The Eagles added to their lead in the 65th minute when Joe Olson (#3) played in a perfect corner kick to the back post where a waiting Brandon Young headed the ball in for his second goal of the match. For the remainder of the game the Eagles continued to press the attack, using great combination play and sending in dangerous crosses. Their efforts were rewarded a final time in the 88th minute when Joe Olson (#3) won the end line and sent a low ball across the face of the goal to a waiting Eddyn Rivera (#4) who sliced the ball into the upper 90. The score held at 4-0 as Erik Rasmussen and the defense recorded their second shutout of the season.
October 22, 2016
Eagles Earn Consolation Bracket Victory For Second Straight Year
“I was super proud of the guys. They really stepped it up big in the second half and did what we asked. The Saints are a much improved team with a ton of potential moving forward, and it is always a pleasure to match up with Coach Brent Messimer. The game was a great battle and once again we trust that the Lord was honored by our efforts and attitudes. It is a pleasure to go into battle with these boys week in and week out.” (Coach Brown).
October 20, 2016
Emmaus Leaves All On The Field, Comes Up One Goal Short
The game kicked off with both teams establishing their determination to play with great intensity. Players slid, tackled hard, and bodied up all over the field with neither team seeming to gain an advantage over the other. At half time the score was knotted at goose eggs with Faith holding slight shot advantage while Emmaus held the advantage in corner kicks 4-1.
October 17, 2016
Matenaer Strike Seals Emmaus Victory
The Eagles got off to a great start when Brandon Young (#13) was fouled in the box in the 4th minute. For the fourth this season Carson McBain (#11) stepped up and buried the penalty to give Emmaus a one goal lead. Minutes later Young looked to double the Emmaus lead when he received a ball on the wing and sealed off a defender only to see his shot sail wide. The rest of the half saw several great opportunities for the Eagles who struggled to beat strong Saints keeper Lance Patrick. For their part, the Saints created a few good scoring chances of their own, but the Emmaus defense held firm.
October 8, 2016
Road Trip Brings Positives, Areas for Growth (23 Sept)
The Emmaus Eagles Men’s Soccer team took to the road this weekend for matches against Ozark Christian College and Calvary University. The Eagles, traveling without Head Coach Ben Brown, were led by Assistant Coach Cliff Conrad for the weekend.
October 8, 2016
Emmaus Rally, But Fall 2-1 to Late Eureka Winner
The Emmaus Eagles Men’s Soccer team was back in action on Thursday as they hosted the Red Devils of Eureka College. Emmaus and Eureka had previously met in the season, with Eureka coming out with a 5- 2 win earlier in the season, so the return fixture was highly anticipated.
October 5, 2016
Fairley’s Header Seals Big Home Win Vs. Faith
“Our guys really showed up to play again today. That was pure team soccer as the defense held strong, the midfield defended and possessed well, and the forwards were dangerous all game. We capitalized on the opportunities we had, and we were stingy around our own goal. I am really proud of the way the guys stepped up and played for one another today. Faith is a tough team and it is no small task to beat them twice in a season, but no matter the outcome, the greatest joy for me is watching the young men from both teams play hard yet with character. The fellowship with Faith is something I really appreciate and it makes it a pleasure to play them.” (Coach Brown)
October 1, 2016
Emmaus Soccer Men Come Up Just Short In Conference Clash
The Emmaus men’s soccer team began a five game home stretch on Friday night by taking on the Thunder of Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS). It was the Thunder’s first trip to Dubuque after having defeated the NCCAA Division II #5 ranked Randall University on Tuesday. Emmaus, for their part, entered the game having won their previous two conference matches and looking for a third.
October 1, 2016
Eagles Score Late Equalizer To Draw With Red Lions
The Emmaus men’s soccer team hosted the Red Lions of Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL) on Saturday. The Eagles looked to rebound after a tough battle the night before against conference for Manhattan Christian that saw them fall 2-1. The Red Lions, in a rebuilding year after recently entering the NAIA division, were looking for a big win of their own.
September 28, 2016
Emmaus Soccer Men Earn Gutsy Win Versus Faith Baptist
“I was super proud of the guys and the way they fought today. I know Faith has been a bit beat up and they have some players nursing some injuries, but that doesn’t take away from how well our guys played. They wanted this game today and their efforts clearly paid off.
September 17, 2016
Eagles Downed By Late Goal In Physical Matchup
“The guys fought hard. It was honestly a pretty ugly game for both sides that could have gone either way. Give Barclay credit for the way they pushed us late and won the game. I don’t like the loss, but the guys clearly fought hard and are improving with each match. I am confident that they will respond well in their matchup tomorrow.” (Coach Brown)
September 17, 2016
Fierce Battle Sees Eagles Come Up Just Short Against Grace U
“I was incredibly proud of the ways our guys handled themselves today. The guys kept their heads despite bearing the brunt of 23 fouls and for long portions of the match looked like the stronger team. There was no quit in our guys and when they settle in they can be really dangerous. Once again, I wish the score line was different, but I can’t question the team effort of these young men today. I was glad to be coaching my side!” (Coach Brown)
September 3, 2016
Struggle and Growth Eagles In First Double-Header Weekend
“I was proud of the way the guys played” said coach Brown after the game. “NCU is a tough and experienced team this year and our guys made some great adjustments down the stretch. This was a good test for the guys and revealed we definitely have some work to do moving forward.”
August 27, 2016
Emmaus Men’s Soccer Kicks Off Season With Resounding
Coach Brown was elated with the result, saying “I love to see that kind of team soccer. We had 7 scorers and a clean sheet. I loved to see everyone getting involved and serving one another.”
August 25, 2016
Emmaus Score Seven in Preseason Win.
The Emmaus men’s soccer team kicked off its season with a resounding 7-1 victory over a combination alumni/faculty team. Coaches Ben Brown and Cliff Conrad had been hoping for a strong start to the season, and the scrimmage victory was just that.