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Denney nets game winner in second half thriller

Denney nets game winner in second half thriller

Emmanuel College Sport's Information

Ellie Chapman

The Emmanuel College Women's Soccer team overpowered the Erskine Flying Fleet on Tuesday Evening to gain their second Conference Carolina's victory in their debut season with the conference. "The way we controlled the midfield spaces tonight kept our offense supplied with the ball" said Head Coach Forrest Wimberly. "To pound 19 shots and score three goals was a credit to the high work rate we had in the middle of the field from all three lines of players: Our midfielders, defenders and forwards all working that midfield space."

Emmanuel's midfield dominated the early minutes of the game generating much of the attack, the Flying Fleet not seeing much of the ball early. Emmanuel's outside backs were integral in carrying the ball forward, with freshman Blakelee Linder and upperclassmen Miki Cain and Jessica Cheek producing solid performances. Emmanuel's first goal in the 17th minute was a double assist by Seniors Kelly Hall and Liene Vaciete who were able to work the ball down the flank with Vaciete's cross pinpointing the feet of Tamblyn whose composure in the box earned her a fourth goal of the season. The Flying Fleet responded however, equalizing in the 22nd minute after the Emmanuel defensive was a little slow to react to a bouncing ball, the Fleet's Mel Foster showing her speed, as she beat the defense and the onrushing keeper. Minutes later Emmanuel took control of the game once again when Sophomore Noel Samples went on a dribbling rampage in the box, beating the Erskine keeper to dribble to ball across the goal line. Samples finished with 4 shots for the evening and now has 3 goals for the season. Breanna Grizzle played the first 45 minutes in goal for the Lions and collected 2 saves, as well as clearing a number of through balls, her quickness off the line shutting down the Fleet attack. Emmanuel went into the half with a 2-1 lead, determined to keep testing the Fleet defense for the remainder of the match.

The Erskine Flying Fleet came out strong in the second half, earning a corner kick in the 50th minute. When Heather Bloemsma's corner found the head of Taylor Bush, Emmanuel goal keeper Marina Eisenhut's deflection was not enough to stop the force of the ball, the scored tied once again at 2-2. The final goal for the Lion's came in the 64th minute after Senior Jen Harris won the ball in midfield and served in Freshman Jessie Denney whose impressive finish was her first collegiate goal, an important game winner for the Lions. The Lions outshot the Flying Fleet 19-9 overall, with Seniors Kelly Hall and Liene Vaciete unlucky not to get on the scoreboard with several good looks on goal.

The Lion's will be looking to add another victory on the road when they take on Lees McRae College on Saturday, kickoff set for 1pm