Harrisonburg, Va. - The EMU soccer men suffered a tough loss Saturday, falling 4-0 at Virginia Wesleyan. The two teams entered the day tied in a group of four teams grouped in fourth place in the ODAC standings. After the loss, the Royals are tied for seventh with Bridgewater and Hampden-Sydney heading into the final game of the year.
The Marlins defended their home turf well, scoring on a quick strike just 21 seconds in. Eastern Mennonite nearly got an equalizer in the 4th minute when Mark Mast (Harrisonburg, VA/Eastern Mennonite) ripped a shot off the crossbar and had the rebounded shot saved. But by the 27th minute, VWC was in control and led 3-0.
Virginia Wesleyan scored again early in the second half to seal the decision.
The Royals were out-shot 16-7, including 9-5 on goal. Andrew Yoder (Harrisonburg, VA/Eastern Mennonite) started and collected five saves. Isaac Driver (Harrisonburg, VA/Eastern Mennonite) finished the game in goal.
Mast had three shots, including two on goal. No other EMU player had more than one shot.
Eastern Mennonite, 8-9-1 overall and 5-5 in the conference, wraps up the regular season at home on Tuesday, taking on Washington and Lee at 7:00pm. The Generals had been first in the ODAC standings the last couple of weeks before losing 3-0 at Roanoke on Saturday.
A win would clinch an ODAC Tournament berth for EMU, and while a tie might be enough to get the men in, a loss would likely put them into a complicated tie-breaking system.