Emmanuel College Sports Information- Ellie Chapman
Brevard, NC---The Emmanuel College Women's Soccer team claimed their second victory of the season against Brevard College on Tuesday afternoon. "We made it a priority at practice over the past few days to improve our set plays said Head Coach Forrest Wimberly "the flawless execution of our free kick to tie the game as well as defending 14 corner kicks showed our practices translated into immediate results in the game."
The Lions went down a goal early after a poorly cleared ball on the 18 yard box led in Kimiko Nakanishi who was able to slot the ball into the back of the net. The Lions rallied however, and were able to create some good attacking moments up forward, equalizing in the 23rd minute. The first goal for Emmanuel was a real team effort, where a well-structured free kick took the tornados by surprise. An Emma Tamblyn free kick was passed around the wall to Kelly Hall who crossed the ball to an incoming Ellie Chapman who was able to side-foot the ball past Brevard Keeper Jocelyn Springer. Midfielder Emma Tamblyn was unlucky not to score on a free kick in the midway through the first half, and finished with 4 shots for the game. The teams played out the remainder of the half in an even battle that saw both teams take 6 shots as they entered the main break locked at 1-1.
The Tornados dominated the play for the first part of the second half. Emmanuel did well to stem the flow of their attack and send the ball back up field creating several chances in attack. When Freshman Hanna Watson took a tough knock midway up the Lions attacking half, a quick free kick by senior Liene Vaciete led in Kelly Hall who was once again able to take the ball down the line and set up Noel Samples for a far post goal. Freshman Jesse Denney was unlucky not to convert in the final minutes of the game after a well-directed through ball by Samples split the Tornado defense and found Denney's feet as she ran in on goal.
The remaining 10 minutes saw high pressure placed on EC by the Tornados, as they threw everything they had at the Lion defense. Some tight marking by the Lion defense and strong defensive clearances by Liene Vaciete saw EC successfully clear 14 corner kicks from the Tornados, several coming in the dying minutes of the game. The Lions were able to hold on for the 2-1 win, their overall record now reading 2-5.
The Women's Soccer team is looking for their first win at home this Saturday when they take on Converse College at the Stevens Athletic Field at 5pm.