No. 13 W&L Tops Royals As Seniors Are Recognized

Seniors (left to right) Carlos Flores-Melgar, Mathew Zimmerman, Jesus Trejo, Nik Tucker, Juan Vazquez, Ian Bomberger, and Caleb Oakes. (photo by Savannah Bontrager)
Seniors (left to right) Carlos Flores-Melgar, Mathew Zimmerman, Jesus Trejo, Nik Tucker, Juan Vazquez, Ian Bomberger, and Caleb Oakes. (photo by Savannah Bontrager)

The EMU soccer men lost at home to No. 13 Washington and Lee by a score of 5-0 on Tuesday night. This was the final match of the season for the Royals as they finish with a record of 5-14 and 0-8 in ODAC play.

The Generals came out with intensity scoring in the first minute of the game on a goal by Samuel Bass. The Royals would hold their ground in the first half as they faced a bombardment of shots as Washington and Lee fired 18 shots in the frame.

A second goal was tacked on in the 39th minute as W&L increased their lead. A penalty kick was assessed to the Generals in the 45th minute, but a diving save by EMU goalkeeper Micah Buckwalter (Fulks Run, Va./Broadway) kept the score at 2-0 going into halftime.

The Royals would hold W&L from widening the lead until the 75th minute when Tyler Smith scored on a cross from Bass.  The Generals would score two more goals in the 80th and 85th minutes of the game.

Washington and Lee outshot EMU 40-6 as Buckwalter and Ahmed Zaatar (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe) combined for 15 saves in net.

Senior Recognition
Prior to the game beginning was Senior Recognition as Carlos Flores-Melgar (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field), Mathew Zimmerman (Partlow, Va./Spotsylvania),  Jesus Trejo (Winchester, Va./John Handley), Nik Tucker (Matthews, N.C./Weddington), Juan Vazquez (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro), Ian Bomberger (Goshen, Ind./Bethany Christian), and Caleb Oakes (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) were honored for their commitment and dedication to the EMU men's soccer program.