Franklin Springs, GA - Freshman Kayla Brown found the net in the second half for the Emmanuel College Lions in their game against Mars Hill University on Thursday evening. The Lions conceded a goal in the 34th minute after a shot went unchallenged outside the box and was well placed out of keeper Breanna Grizzle's reach.
The Lions fought back through, with several key chances in the dying minutes of the first half. Jessie Denney fired in a free kick from outside the box, managing to navigate the ball through a heavy defense only to have the ball swept up by the Mars Hill Goalkeeper. The Lions entered the half time break 1 goal down but encouraged by good attacking play. Each team had three shots in the first half. Steph Lamm had three looks on goal for the match, as did Emma Tamblyn. The second half of the match was all Emmanuel.
The home side continued to produce strong runs in the attack, supported by a possession based midfield and an organized defense. Emmanuel managed to keep the ball so much so that Mars Hill recorded no shots on goal after the first half of play. The goal for Emmanuel came in the 52nd minute after a turnover, where Allison Edinfield played a well weighted through ball to Freshman Kayla Brown, who was able to beat the defensive pressure and oncoming goal keeper to gain her first collegiate goal. The Lions continued to press in the overtime periods, holding the majority of possession and dictating the game from the midfield, but were unlucky not to score to clinch the game.
The Lions will be back on the field on Saturday, October 21st for their final conference game of the year against Mt. Olive University. The Lions will also commemorate seniors Mychael Cain, Ellie Chapman, Breanna Grizzle, and Emma Tamblyn before the game at approximately 12:45pm.