Emmanuel College Sports Information
TIGERVILLE, SC---The Emmanuel Women's Soccer Team claimed its first Conference Carolina's win on Thursday evening after a 4-1 victory over the North Greenville Crusaders.
"In our pregame meeting we mentioned that there could be a breakout performance tonight" said Head Coach Forrest Wimberly. "The way Tamblyn scored the three decisive goal to gain control of the match, as well as the team defending and possession, provided this historic win."
The Lions did not take long to get into the action, holding majority of the possession early and creating good space out wide to attack in behind the crusader defense. Senior forward Liene Vaciete was unlucky not to open the scoring for the Lions in the 13th minute after senior Kelly Hall worked the ball up for Vaciete who hit the left post. Junior midfielder Emma Tamblyn from Kempsey NSW was a standout in the first half netting her first 3 goals for the season spearheading a dominant half from the Lion offense. The first goal came in the 16th minute after freshman Jesse Denney, delivering a solid performance with two assists for the game, made a convincing run up the left side, cutting the ball back for the incoming Tamblyn who slotted the ball under the diving arm of crusader keeper Michelle Huddleston. Tamblyn's second goal came after a Noel Samples corner was deflected by the head of Liene Vaciete, and eventually volleyed into the net in the 25th minute. Just 21 seconds later Tamblyn achieved her hat trick of goals after senior Kelly Hall made a strong run again up the left side, her cross deflecting off crusader keeper Huddleston and finished nicely by Tamblyn. The Lions entered the main break with a convincing 3-0 lead, Breanna Grizzle representing the Lions in goal for the first half collecting 3 saves.
After the half the crusaders came out hard, determined to fight their way back into the game. Emmanuel made some tactical changes in the second half, introducing some new faces and changing up the attack. The North Greenville goal came after the Lion defense failed to step up as a unit, allowing Alexandra Pagliaro to get in behind the defense to receive a through ball and curl it up and over Lion keeper Marina Eisenhut. Eisenhut played the second half in goal for the Lions earning 2 saves, one a well hit free kick which she deflected over the cross bar.
Emmanuel responded to the crusader goal by continuing to forge into the attack, forcing the ball out wide, and outshooting the crusaders 8-5 in the second half. The fourth goal for Emmanuel was generated by an impressive run by freshman Jesse Denney, whose well-directed left footed cross found the head of oncoming senior Liene Vaciete who steered the ball past the keeper to claim her first goal of the season. The Lions are now 3-7 on the season, and will be looking to build on the win when they take on Barton College at 5pm this Saturday at the Stevens Athletic Field, Franklin Springs.