EMU Men Unleash 6-Goal Attack For Second Straight Game

With 24 career scores, Juan Luna is now tied for ninth on the EMU Career Goals list. (photo by Scott Eyre)
With 24 career scores, Juan Luna is now tied for ninth on the EMU Career Goals list. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite men's soccer team is on a roll, scoring six goals for the second consecutive game. Saturday night, they did the trick on the road, bowling over host Guilford College by a final of 6-2 in Greensboro, N.C.

The Royals earned a 6-0 shutout of Emory & Henry at home on Tuesday, and now sit at 2-2 in the ODAC and in a four-way tie for fifth in the league standings.

After the back-to-back explosions against ODAC midlings, EMU will test its attack against Washington and Lee at home this Wednesday night. The Generals (7-3-1/2-2 ODAC) were the preseason favorite in the ODAC, but are regrouping after losses in three of their last four games.

Eastern Mennonite (8-3) got going early against the Quakers (1-12/1-3 ODAC). Juan Luna (Mount Jackson, Va./Stonewall Jackson) pasted in a cross from David Shafer (Maitland, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) in the eighth minute, giving the men a 1-0 lead on the game's first shot.

Seven minutes later, Nik Tucker (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) beat GC's keeper only to have a defender save the shot. He settled for an assist as Daniel Obour (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) knocked in the rebound for a 2-0 margin.

The Quakers did not fold, getting a goal from A.J. Hawkins after a throw-in to cut the lead in half, but Caleb Oakes (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) got it back in the 37th, heading in a corner kick off the foot of Joshua Chiquillo (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field).

Shafer got his own goal early in the second half, blasting in a shot from 20 yards out to make it 4-1.

Jake Grieco scored off a set piece in the 63rd, heading in a corner as Guilford got back within two, but the Royals pulled away with their depth. Jesus Trejo (Winchester, Va./John Handley) stuck in a laser beam of a free kick from 25 yards out 10 minutes later, and Oakes knocked in the final score on another header, this time off a cross from Daniel Howard (Stafford, Va./Mountain View). This assist gave the junior his first career point.

Eastern Mennonite controlled play, out-shooting their hosts 32-10. Half of their shots were on goal, compared to only four from Guilford. Cody Martin (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) made a pair of saves for EMU.

The Royals also had a sizeable 13-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Tucker led the team with three shots on goal, while six other men put two attempts on target.