Mountain Lions take charge in second half battle

Mountain Lions take charge in second half battle

Emmanuel College Sports Information - Ellie Chapman

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga-Emmanuel Women's Soccer team fell to the Young Harris Mountain Lions in a tough loss on Thursday night. Down 1-0, the Lions bought the game back within reach but some mistakes in the back and top-notch attacking by the Mountain Lions proved to be the difference between the two teams. The Emmanuel Lions managed to keep Young Harris of the scoreboard until the 37th minute when Elana Newman was able to make a central run that beat the Emmanuel midfield and defense, placing the goal in the upper left hand corner. Emmanuel keeper Breanna Grizzle, a Junior on the field, was arguably the standout performance for the Lions, collecting 10 saves, including several breakaways, free kicks and corner.

The Emmanuel Lions responded quickly after the half time break, eager to get a goal back. Freshman Jessie Denney received her 3rd assist of the season after her cross found Senior Liene Vaciete at the back post in the 52st minute, Vaciete finishing the ball nicely in the top right hand corner. The Lions used the goal as momentum to surge into the attack, with several good offensive runs made putting the Mountain Lions, who are 1-6 in a difficult Peach Belt Conference, under intense pressure. Unfortunately some miss communication in the Lion defense resulted in a game winning goal for the Mountain Lions in the 63rd minute. The aggressive Mountain Lions were able to push forward and get two more goals in the 66th and 75th minutes to seal the victory. Emmanuel will be back on the field at the Stevens Athletic Complex this Saturday when they take on rivals Southern Wesleyan University at 5pm.