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Lions honor seniors with a remarkable overtime win against Palm Beach Atlantic

Lions honor seniors with a remarkable overtime win against Palm Beach Atlantic

Emmanuel College Sports Information

Ellie Chapman

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga---The Emmanuel College Women's Soccer team claimed a huge win against Palm Beach Atlantic at the Stevens Athletic Field on Saturday night, after a game winning goal by Liene Vaciete in the 91st minute. The game was the final regular season match, where the team took the opportunity to honor the following five seniors for their contribution to the program.

Alyssa Austin from Loganville, Georgia. Alyssa has had 42 career appearances for the Lions from 2011-2014. She has 1 assist from the defensive line, is a 3 time All-Conference all-academic selection, and an NCAA Academic All-American in 2014. Alyssa is also a team captain, school chaplain, and intends to work in the healthcare system, counseling children and families.

Jessica Cheek from Macon, Georgia. Jessica has had 66 career appearances for the Lions from 2011-2014. In her time of service she has scored 3 goals and had 2 assists. Jessica is majoring in Health and Physical Education and hopes to one day coach her high school team at Tattnall County High School in Reidsville, Ga.

Kelly Hall from Canton, Georgia. Kelly has had 74 career appearances for the Lions from 2011-2014. Kelly has scored an impressive 15 goals, and had 12 assists. Kelly is a 3 time All-Conference All-Academic selection, and was named to the NCCAA South All region team in 2012, and was an NCAA Academic All-American in 2014. Kelly in studying Biology at Emmanuel and intends on pursuing a career in the medical field.

Jennifer Harris from Evans, Georgia. Jen has had 68 career appearances for the Lions from 2011-2014. Throughout her time at Emmanuel Jen has scored 1 goal and had 3 assists. Jen is studying Biology at Emmanuel and after graduation in May, plans to go to PA school.

Liene Vaciete from Riga, Latvia. Liene has had 51 career appearances for the Lions from 2012-2014, and played her Freshman Season at Georgia State University. Liene has scored 15 goals and had 4 assists. In 2013 Liene was named to the NCCAA South all-region team, she is also an NCAA Academic All-American selection and an All-Conference All-Academic selection. Liene is majoring in Sports Management and wants to one day own her own soccer complex.

Coach Wimberly had this to say about our 2014 seniors: "This is a very special group to me as this is the first true recruiting class for me here at Emmanuel. It was this group of players who came here on a vision, put forward all their talents and hard work, and who've built the program we have today. I am very proud of these players and just want to say "Thank you" for all the great times we've shared over the past four years."

Emmanuel came out hard in the early minutes of the game, determined to put PBA on the back foot. The game was very even early, with both teams battling to keep position and hold the ball in their offensive halves. The first goal for the Lions came in the 23rd minute when sophomore Noel Samples fed a through ball in behind the defense for senior Kelly Hall whose powerful driving shot sailed past the Sailfish goalkeeper into the right side of the net. Palm Beach Atlantic responded accordingly, battling to gain a corner kick after a strong surge forward. PBA's Katrina White then levelled the game in the 25th minute with a header from the corner kick. Emmanuel had several important contributions by first year players, including freshmen Alyssa Hearn who had several important recovery runs in the defense, and Alley Howell who played 90 minutes in goal in her first appearance for the lions, claiming 9 saves. The two teams entered the first half with the scores locked at 1-1.

The second half was equally as thrilling for the crowd as both teams created good attacking plays and worked hard to try and move the ball quickly. PBA outshot the Lions 7-1 in the second half, but the Emmanuel defense was up to the challenge, as was keeper Alley Howell. Neither team could score in the second half, and so the game progressed to overtime. Just 24 seconds into overtime PBA looked to be in on goal, but Kasey Wyer's shot ricocheted off the crossbar to be cleared by Emmanuel, and taken up the field. Emmanuel was fouled about 6 yards out of their attacking box in the in the 91st minute of play. Sophomore Emma Tamblyn gained another assist for the season when her back post free kick found the Head of Senior Liene Vaciete whose header caught the keeper wrong footed and bounced into the net claiming victory for the Lions. Two impressive goals by Seniors Hall and Vaciete was the perfect end to an inspiring senior night performance from the whole Lion squad. The Lions finish their season 5-13 overall, in their first season of Conference Carolina play.

The Lions look forward to hosting the NCCAA Christian Conference Playoff Tournament on November 21st and 22nd at the Stevens Athletic Field. The final scheduling for this tournament will be posted later this week, and the games will be able to be viewed live online.