HARRISONBURG, VA - Eastern Mennonite netted two quick goals in the second-half to register the 2-1 comeback victory over the Hampden-Sydney soccer team.
Eastern Mennonite opened the game with an offensive flurry as Duncan Oliphant (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) made four saves in the first 20 minutes of action. Action calmed dawn shortly after that, and James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian) put the Tigers up 1-0 as he converted on a Chris Whiteside (Virginia Beach, VA/Frank W. Cox) crossing pass in the 36th minute.
In the 67th minute, Barkot Akalu notched the tie-maker as his shot bobbled off the hands of Oliphant and into the net. The Royals wasted no time to capitalize on the momentum shift as Muoka Musau deflected Mitchell Leap's shot into the goal in the 69th minute. The Royal defense clamped down from there, limiting the Tigers to only one shot on goal after going up 2-1. The Royals kept pushing the tempo and trying to score as they forced three straight Oliphant saves.
Oliphant registered seven saves on the night while Patrick Fox had three stops for EMU. EMU held a decisive 22-12 advantage in shots, including a 10-4 edge in shots on goal. H-SC committed 11 fouls to just four for EMU.
Hampden-Sydney hosts Marymount University on Saturday at 3 p.m. for Homecoming Weekend.
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