Women’s Soccer Opens 2017 With Double-Overtime Tie Against Marymount

Sophomore Emily Hostetler scored in the season opener against Marymount University. (Photo by Scott Eyre)
Sophomore Emily Hostetler scored in the season opener against Marymount University. (Photo by Scott Eyre)

Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer played to a 1-1 double overtime draw against Marymount University on a rainy Friday evening in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Royals battled throughout the night to keep the Saints off the scoreboard and proved successful in the first half with a score of 0-0.

In the 53rd minute of regulation, the visiting Saints scored one from sophomore Karen Reyes. Reyes snuck one past sophomore goalkeeper Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) after beating her defender on a 1v1 fast break from the top.

The next 28:17 held the score of 1-0 until EMU connected on a play to tie the game.

The late goal for EMU came from sophomore Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville) and was assisted by sophomore Laura Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite). Rittenhouse nearly found the net, but after a block from Saints goalie Sydney Sherman, Hostetler was there to complete the play and put EMU on the board.

The score remained 1-1 until the end of regulation, as neither side was able to gain a sizeable advantage in the final eight minutes.

The first game of the season had the potential for an exciting finish with two golden goal opportunities but ended up resulting in a tie. The Royals and Saints are both 0-0-1 on the season.

Rittenhouse led the Royals on the offensive end with four shots. Junior Sylvia Mast (Broadway, Va./Eastern Mennonite) had three shot attempts, while first year Rachel Sauder (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft), senior Hannah Walker (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield), and sophomores Hostetler and Kylie Paul (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) had one shot each.

Marymount led in nearly every category except the scoreboard, including corner kicks. The Saints took eight from the corner compared to EMU's two. They also led with 15-12 in shots, 6-5 in saves, and 11-8 in fouls.

Wenger was credited with five saves.

The Royals will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 3 when they host Ferrum College in an ODAC matchup. Start time in Harrisonburg is at 4:30pm.