Second Half Surge Falls Short

Carlos Flores-Melgar got the offense going for the Royals in the second half. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Carlos Flores-Melgar got the offense going for the Royals in the second half. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU soccer men lost at home 3-2 to Randolph-Macon on Saturday night as part of EMU's Homecoming Weekend. The loss drops the Royals to 5-9 on the season and 0-3 in conference play.

EMU began the game trailing as the Yellow Jackets came out with intensity driving down the field and finding the back of the net 46 seconds into play. R-MC would add goals in the 19th minute and 24th minute from Penny Senior who was fed passes in front of the goal mouth as the score would hold at 3-0 going into halftime.

The Royals had an edge in the second half as they started to get their offense going. In the 49th minute, Carlos Flores-Melgar (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field) sent in an off-angle shot that snuck in the top corner of the net for a goal.

In the 70th minute the Yellow Jackets earned themselves a penalty shot after drawing a foul in the box, but the attempt was stopped thanks to a diving save by Ahmed Zaatar (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe). Zaatar would finish with nine saves in net.

EMU earned a penalty kick of their own in the 86th minute. Jesus Trejo (Winchester, Va./John Handley) lined up for the shot and put it past the goalkeeper to cut the lead to one.

Randolph-Macon would go on to run down the minutes of play to seal the victory outshooting the Royals 20-15.

The men are back at home on Wednesday, Oct. 16 as they host Ferrum at 7:00pm.

Hall of Honor Induction
As part of EMU Homecoming, former men's soccer and men's volleyball player Ben Yoder was inducted in the Hall of Honor earlier in the day. He was also recognized on the field at halftime of Saturday's game.

Ben Yoder was the rare two-sport athlete who was also a two-sport star. On the soccer field, the 2008 graduate was an All-ODAC performer who was No. 16 in program history with 17 career goals and No. 18 with 41 points. In volleyball, he earned three awards from the NECVA and set program records with 1,298 assists in a season and 4,285 assists in a career. His 821 career digs were No. 2 in EMU history.