Harrisonburg, Va. - The first half was too much to overcome for Eastern Mennonite Saturday afternoon, as the soccer men were knocked off 2-1 by Dickinson College at home.
Although both teams had scoring chances in the first half it was Dickinson, a 2011 National Tournament participant, who grabbed the edge. The Red Devils scored twice, in the 11th and 27th minutes, to go up 2-0.
Then with about 10 minutes left in the period, a line of heavy rain blew through Harrisonburg. With no lightning, the play continued, but the turf got wet and quicker for the remainder of the day.
In the second, the Royals picked up their play and got off a few shots which missed the goal by inches. Finally in the 81st minute, Adam Moyer (Harleysville, PA/Christopher Dock) stole the ball on the edge of the DC box. The sophomore beat the goalie and sliced the lead in half.
But that would be it for men, even though Caleb Golladay (Mt. Jackson, VA/Stonewall Jackson) and Jordan Hollinger (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster Mennonite) each had good looks with about one minute to play. Golladay's shot was saved and Hollinger missed just high, as the Royals took the tight loss.
Despite the final result, Eastern Mennonite out-shot Dickinson 13-11, including 6-5 in shots on goal. Andrew Yoder (Harrisonburg, VA/Eastern Mennonite) made three saves.
Sebastian Olguin (Harrisonburg, VA/Harrisonburg) had two of EMU's shots on goal.
It will be a quick turnaround for the men, who host Stevenson Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. The Mustangs also played Saturday, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision at Washington and Lee.