The Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer team recorded its fourth shutout of the season and improve to 4-7-2 on the season after Saturday evening's 2-0 win over Emory & Henry College to open EMU's Centennial Homecoming Weekend.
Despite keeping the pressure on the Wasps (4-8-1) throughout the first half, the Royals broke the scoreless tie in the 11th minute.
After a few chaotic shots in front of the cage, freshman Leigh Lumsden (Madison, Va./Madison County) sent a ball rebounded ball to Liz Huffman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg Area) who was able to capitalize on catching E&H goalkeeper off guard. The goal was Huffman's third of the season.
The Royals outshot the Wasps 11-1 in the first half. Emory & Henry's goalkeeper had 7 saves, while sophomore Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) did not see a shot on goal by the Wasps in the first 45 minutes.
The pressure remained on E&H after halftime as EMU dominated the ball; however, the score remained deadlocked for most of the second half.
In the 74th minute, the Royals extended their lead to 2-0 as E&H defender tripped up Laura Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) just inside the box. Rittenhouse took a penalty shot, sending the ball to the lower left corner of the goal for her third goal of the season.
The Royals dominated in shots and corner kicks with EMU outshooting their opponents 24 to 2 and recording 7 corner kicks to Emory & Henry's 2.
Huffman led the team with 5 shots, while Rittenhouse and Rachel Sauder (Lyndhurst, Va./Stuart's Draft) recorded 4 a piece. Seniors Hannah Walker (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) and Amanda Williams (Millsboro, Del./Delmarva Christian) both had two attempts in the match as well.
The Wasps lacked in offensive threats and forced Wenger to an uneventful evening.
EMU played with all ten seniors on the field during the final ten mintues of the contest.
Prior to the match, the Royals honored seniors Rachel Breidigan (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone), Mary Deskins (Winchester, Va./John Handley), Sierra Martin (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs), Bailey McInnis (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Goodwin), Sara Shenk Moreno (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg), Marcy Smucker (Woodward, Pa./Penns Valley), Rachel Sturm (Denton, Md./North Caroline), Hannah Walker, Amanda Williams, and Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind./Northridge) for their commitment and dedication to the Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer program.
EMU travels to Roanoke, Va. to face Hollins University on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 4:00.