Wilson, NC - The Emmanuel College Women's Soccer Team tied 0-0 in double overtime with the Barton Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. Emmanuel once again held possession of the ball very well in the middle of the park. "We had a very strong defensive performance today to earn our first road shutout since joining the NCAA," said Head Coach Forrest Wimberly. "Our possession of the ball was excellent and it was great to see our ideas from training transfer to the game today."
In the first half, the Lions struggled to hold the ball in their attacking third. Midfielders Emma Tamblyn and Allison Edenfield both surged into the attack early to execute shots, but ultimately the Lions were not able to really test the Barton goal keeper until the second half. After the break, the Lions began to dominate possession and put the Bulldog defense until pressure. The Emmanuel Lions produced multiple scoring opportunities in the second half but were unable to finish. Senior forward Emma Tamblyn finished with four shots for the game, and sophomores Allison Edenfield, Steph Lamm and Jessie Denney each had two.
The Lions entered overtime having outplayed the bulldogs for most of the second half. A foul outside the box gifted a free kick to the Lions in the 99th minute. Senior Ellie Chapman sent the ball just wide on a header from a Jessie Denney kick, which all but wrapped up the first overtime period. Barton gained a corner kick with 1 minute remaining in the second overtime period and managed to connect with the ball, the header a fairly easy save for Marina Eisenhut who played the second half and both overtime periods in goal for the Lions.
Sophomore midfielder Sierra Gomez, a consistent performer for the lions, reflected on the match saying "today the midfields and forwards were very aggressive on the attack. Taking shots outside the box and forcing 1v1s in the box. Our defensive did very well communicating and making recovery runs. As a team, we played our best passing game today, we were calm and patient on the field, and didn't force the ball forward for a turnover."
The Lions will play Mars Hill College at home on Wednesday evening at 5pm, before celebrating their seniors on Saturday October 31st vs Mt Olive, with the festivities starting at 12:45pm.
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