Loss Leaves Soccer Men In Limbo

Caleb Oakes had EMU's only shots on goal against W&L. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Caleb Oakes had EMU's only shots on goal against W&L. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Needing a win or a tie to clinch a home game in Sunday's ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals, EMU's soccer men are left sitting in purgatory for a day.

The Royals dropped a 3-0 decision at Washington and Lee on Tuesday, with all of the goals coming on second chances in the final 25 minutes. The men still sit in fourth place in the ODAC standings while W&L locked up the top seed in the upcoming tourney.

A day after the loss to the Generals, EMU (9-8-1/6-4-0 ODAC) found their postseason fate - the #5 seed and trip to #4 Roanoke in Sunday's quarterfinals. The Maroons used a goal in the closing minutes Wednesday night to beat Bridgewater 1-0, getting the three points necessary to tie the Royals in the standings, earning the higher seed due to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Tough defense and a great effort from keeper Emmanuel Kampanga (Kinshasa, Congo/American School) kept Eastern Mennonite locked in a scoreless chess match with Washington and Lee (11-3-1/9-0-1 ODAC) throughout the first half. Kampanga made his first save just 3:55 into play and had five by halftime.

Led by Caleb Oakes (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft), the offense started to put some pressure on the Generals in the second half.

Finally, in the 66th minute, W&L broke through when Viktor Dolberg put in a rebounded shot after Kampanga had originally made a diving save.

The Royals came close to equalizing in the 80th minute, but Emmanuel Boamah's (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) header off a corner was blocked.

Less than two minutes later, the Generals closed the door when George Biddle put in another second chance attempt.

The men earned a pair of corners and took four shots over the next four minutes before W&L got a third putback goal off the leg of Dylan Ritch in the final minute.

Kampanga finished with six saves.

Oakes fired three shots, including both of EMU's shots on goal.