Royals Earn Fourth Shutout Of 2018

Caleb Oakes is tied with three other men for the team lead with two goals. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Caleb Oakes is tied with three other men for the team lead with two goals. (photo by Scott Eyre)

A goal from junior Caleb Oakes (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) in the 30th minute made the difference in EMU's 1-0 shutout of Shenandoah Tuesday night in Harrisonburg.

The Eastern Mennonite soccer men improve to 3-1-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and pick up a valuable three points with the win. The Royals are 5-5-1 overall as they step out of league play tomorrow night for a hosting of Gallaudet University at 7:00pm.

Oakes knocked in the game's only goal as the men stayed undefeated against Shenandoah since the Hornets joined the ODAC in 2012. The score came on a set piece from the left corner, with Joshua Chiquillo (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field) sending a free kick squarely in front of the goal. Oakes came crashing in and made a quick redirection into the middle of the net for his second goal of the season.

The Royals had a handful of other close chances, including a shot off the crossbar from Caleb Lasrado (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park) in the ninth minute and one off the post from Oakes in the 80th. Dave Drafton (Alexandria, Va./Howard Gardner) nearly added insurance with three minutes to play, streaking up the right side on a breakaway, but the SU keeper came out and made a great stop to keep his team in the game.

EMU's defense, however, would not be beat.

The back line of Emmanuel Boamah (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac), Mathew Zimmerman (Partlow, Va./Spotsylvania), David Smith (Ruckersville, Va./William Monroe) and Lasrado limited Shenandoah to just five shots, and keeper Emmanuel Kampanga (Kinshasa, Congo/American School) picked up four saves, as the Royals earned their four shutout of the year.

With their nine points in four ODAC contests, EMU sits in a three-way tie for second after Tuesday night. The rest of the conference teams play on Wednesday.