Opening Weekend Makes History for Men’s Soccer

Opening Weekend Makes History for Men’s Soccer

The opening weekend of the 2017 men's soccer season was one to remember for the Eagles, who earned a first-ever victory over the Royals of Grace University (Omaha, NE).

The game started quickly, with both teams settling in as the Eagles applied early pressure, winning a pair of corner kicks inside 10 minutes. But Grace would claim an early lead, as defender Nick Scholl was left unmarked and fired a rocket from 28 yards into the top corner in the 20th minute.

Emmaus continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with an equalizer only 8 minutes later as Elijah Barsness's (#1) 55-yard free kick bamboozled Royals keeper Ryan Meyo as it bounced into the net. Halftime came with the game tied at 1 goal apiece.

Emmaus came out of the half strong after a few tactical changes. Sophomore Carson McBain (#11) vacated his normal position of central midfielder for a short stint on the left wing to great effect. Just four minutes into the second half, McBain beat the Royals' fullback to the byline, cut in, and played a perfect lay-off pass to Mason McCarl (So. #9), who slotted home to give Emmaus the 2-1 lead, which would last for the rest of the game.

A flurry of incidents marked the end of the game, most notably a collision between Royals goalkeeper Ryan Meyo and Eagles winger Cullen Tuttle (Fr. #18) that required Tuttle to be carried off the field. Later scans would show Tuttle had broken his tibia, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The Eagles' opening weekend continued the following day with a 3-1 win in the annual alumni scrimmage. A brace from Mason McCarl and a goal from Nick Fairley (So. #9) gave Emmaus a 3 goal lead which looked like it would hold, before the alumni were awarded a penalty with two minutes to play in the game. Brandon Young (2016-2017) converted the penalty to give the alumni a consolation goal. The Eagles' win snaps a three-year alumni win streak and sets the team on the right path for the rest of the season.

Emmaus Men's Soccer is back in action with 5 away games in 8 days, beginning on September 8th at MacMurray College (NCAA III). For live streaming of all Emmaus Men's Soccer games, visit their channel at