Royals Surge Past WildCats In 4-1 Win

Laura Rittenhouse leads the Royals in goals, scoring her sixth on Saturday. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Laura Rittenhouse leads the Royals in goals, scoring her sixth on Saturday. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer team used a second-half surge to top Randolph College 4-1 in their third straight win on Saturday afternoon at WildCats Stadium in Lynchburg, Va.

EMU's offense had six shots to Randolph's zero within the first 25 mintues of the match. The Royals, particularly freshmen Leigh Lumsden (Madison, Va./Madison County) and Rachel Sauder (Lyndhurst, Va./Stuarts Draft), were making cuts in and out of the box, overwhelming the WildCats defense early. 

Despite the movement on the attacking end, the first half was held scoreless.

It was not long into the second half when Sauder's goal appeared to light a spark for the Royals. After Randolph's goalkeeper misplayed the ball, Sauder capitalized and made it a 1-0 game.

Just three minutes later, sophomore Laura Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) fired a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and went behind the goalie for her 6th goal of the season 

EMU continued to find holes in the WildCats defense, as Lumsden made it a 3-0 game after the ball rebounded off of an RC goalie save.

Randolph eventually got on the board when a corner kick save turned into a loose ball in front of sophomore goalie Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite). The rebound shot put the score at 3-1.

Sophomore Shaylla Oswald (Broadway, Va./Broadway) wasted little time responding with 1:40 left to play as Randolph's keeper was out of position.

The Royals outshot the WildCats 16-5, including taking 11 shots to Randolph's four in the second half. The Royals totaled 11 shots on goal, compared to the WildCats two.

Wenger came up with one save on the day.

EMU improves to 6-7-2 on the year and 4-4 in conference play, while Randolph drops to 3-10-2 and 1-7-1 in ODAC play.

Next the women return to the EMU Turf Field on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in their last home match of the season. The Royals take on Virginia Wesleyan at 7:00.