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.