Despite Early Lead, Women’s Soccer Faces First Loss Of Season

The Royals face a tough loss on the road at Salem College (photo by Scott Eyre)
The Royals face a tough loss on the road at Salem College (photo by Scott Eyre)

Host Salem College used late goals in the second half en route to a 3-1 victory over Eastern Mennonite University in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon at the Salem College Invitational.

EMU saw its first loss of the season dropping to 1-1-2 overall. The three goals against also market the most goals scored against the Royals this season.

EMU took its 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when freshman Rachel Sauder (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) scored on a breakaway through ball from sophomore defender Kylie Paul (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley).

EMU quickly attacked SC when Paul sent a great ball behind the Spirit's defense, which pulled the goalkeeper out of position. Sauder ran onto the ball, made a couple touches past the fallen goalie and sent a shot into the lower right portion of the net for her first goal of the year. 

EMU held the lead for the remainder of the first half after

However, the hosts of the match battled back in the second half, opening the flood gates in the 47th minute. Within ten minutes later, Salem would score on the go-ahead goal from an unassisted play. Finally, in the 62nd minute, another unassisted shot would go in past sophomore goalkeeper Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) to give the Spirit's the 3-1 lead. 

Salem held the advantage in shots taken 17-11, took 7 corner kicks to EMU's 1 and finished with 10 shots on goal.

Wenger had 7 saves on the day, as she was kept busy and made several difficult stops until sophomore goalkeeper Emily Young (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) came in with just over 23 minutes remaining. 

Over the next two weeks, EMU will remain on the road, until finally returning home on Sept. 27.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 13 when they travel to Hood College in Frederick, Md. for a 7:00 game.