Royals Spread The Love In 5-1 Road Win

Caleb Oakes collected his first points in his 22nd career game. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Caleb Oakes collected his first points in his 22nd career game. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Utilizing healthy doses of their bench, the Royals had no problem in blowing past host Gallaudet University Wednesday night, picking up a 5-1 win in Washington, DC. Eastern Mennonite's soccer men improve to 6-1 with their sixth straight win as they wrap up non-conference play.

It's the most non-conference victories for the men since 2008 when they went 8-0 out of the ODAC. EMU ended 12-7 that year, their most wins since the 1998 ODAC Championship team finished 15-7-1.

The Royals venture into ODAC play this weekend, traveling to Lynchburg to take on Randolph College. Game time on Saturday is 1:00pm. The WildCats are 5-2 on the season, including an impressive 1-0 win over Emory University.

Even resting most of their starters against Gallaudet, Eastern Mennonite had a quick jump when David Nester (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) bent in a corner kick off a defender in the 17th minute. Shortly after another corner kick, the Royals made it 2-0 in the 28th minute when Caleb Oakes (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) found the net. Braden Herman (Waynesboro, Va./Fort Defiance) and Saber El-Abani (Winchester, Va./John Handley) assisted the sophomore on his first career goal.

Oakes then set up freshman Troy Davis (Gainesville, Va./Patriot) for his first collegiate score in the 35th minute, and David Shafer (Maitland, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) made it 4-0 five minutes later with an assist from Dave Drafton (Alexandria, Va./Howard Gardner).

The Royals still controlled play for most of the second half, but the Bison got their only score early in the frame when a Sean Huber scored in the 52nd minute.

Senior Grayson Mast (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite), playing in his first game of the year, punched in a free kick from outside of the box with 11:48 remaining.

Eastern Mennonite ended with a 26-4 domination in shots, including 14-2 on goal. The men were also favored in corner kicks, 9-2.

Davis led the way with four shots, three on goal, while 16 others had at least one shot.

Keeper Matthew Overacker (Mount Crawford, Va./Turner Ashby) made one save in his scoreless 45 minutes, while Emmanuel Kampanga (Kinshasa, Congo/American School) allowed the lone goal in his half.