Royals Shut Down By Randolph

Junior Austen Smith has worked his way into the starting lineup in the second half of the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Junior Austen Smith has worked his way into the starting lineup in the second half of the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU soccer men lost on the road by a score of 2-0 at Randolph on Wednesday. The loss drops the Royals to 5-12 on the season and 0-6 in conference play.

The WildCats established an early lead when Evan Blow set up Gabe Krueger who scored in the 8th minute. The half would stay in a deadlock as Randolph would play stout defense to hold the Royals without a shot on goal until the 44th minute when Jonas Beachy (Grants Pass, Ore./Hidden Valley) put a shot up high that was saved.

The second half was an offensive barrage for Randolph as they took 14 shots in the frame. Ahmed Zaatar (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe) was stopping multiple shots in a row before Ben Gries added a second goal for the WildCats in the 74th minute that would be enough to hold off the Royals.

The WildCats would finish with a 22-3 advantage in shots over EMU as Zaatar compiled 13 saves in net.

The men return home this weekend as they host Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:00pm.