Late Goal Pushes Royals To 3-0 Start

Laura Rittenhouse scored the lone goal in the shutout win. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Laura Rittenhouse scored the lone goal in the shutout win. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU soccer women held on to win a toughly fought contest on Wednesday to best St. Mary's (Md.) 1-0 to open their first 3-0 start to the season since 2013. It was also Rowdy Royals Night where EMU student athletes were in attendance wearing their white Royals t-shirts in support.

The first half was back-and-forth between the two teams as neither could hold a clear advantage over the other. The Seahawks had their best chance of the night with a breakaway opportunity, but the shot was pushed too far wide.

The second half is where EMU finally caught an offensive spark. In the 71st minute Samm Livermore (Dunn, N.C./West Johnston) brought the ball into the box and passed it up to Laura Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) who floated the ball up high and just over the outstretched fingers of the keeper for a goal.

The Seahawks would get a late corner kick opportunity, but the back line for the Royals smothered their last chance effort to preserve the shutout victory. Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) had four saves in the win.

The Royals hit the road after a stretch of home games. The women head to Meredith for a game at 7:00pm on Saturday, September 7.