Royals Fire Barrage Of Goals In 6-0 Win Over Emory & Henry

David Shafer assisted on EMU's first two goals before scoring the third. (photo by Scott Eyre)
David Shafer assisted on EMU's first two goals before scoring the third. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Sometimes it just takes one big play to get things going.

That was certainly the case Tuesday night, as senior Juan Luna (Mount Jackson, Va./Stonewall Jackson) broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute before his teammates blew open a 6-0 ODAC win over visiting Emory & Henry. Six different Royals scored as EMU's soccer men earned their first league win of the season and improved to 7-3 overall.

The game was characterized by numerous scoring chances for both teams, although EMU had the best looks. The teams combined for 24 shots, including 14 on goal, in a scoreless first half, and 48 shots for the contest.

When Luna hit the net after an assist from David Shafer (Maitland, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic), everything changed. Just over four minutes later, Shafer found Jesus Trejo (Winchester, Va./John Handley) with a long pass to the right side, freezing EHC's keeper and making for an easy 2-0 lead.

In the 79th minute, Eastern Mennonite pulled away. Shafer finally cashed in his own attempt, getting a quick touch pass from Trejo at the top of the box.

As subs took to the field, the Royals just kept on coming. Freshman Troy Davis (Gainesville, Va./Patriot) found a deflected ball in the box and went near post for a 4-0 cushion. A minute later, Joshua Chiquillo (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field) put a free kick in front of the goal where David Nester (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) bumped it in.

Chiquillo then added his own score in the 85th minute, with an easy tap-in after Austin LaPrad (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina) put a cross through the hands of the Wasp keeper.

All told, the Royals put in six goals in a span of 16:43 for one of the biggest scoring explosions in program history.

The six goals were the most EMU has scored since a 6-0 win over Galluadet to open the 2005 season.

Eastern Mennonite ended with a 31-17 advantage in shots, including 22-8 on goal.

Keepers Cody Martin (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) and Matthew Overacker (Mount Crawford, Va./Turner Ashby) each played a half to combine for the shutout. Martin made five saves while Overacker stopped three shots.

Samuel Irvin racked up 15 saves in front of the net for Emory & Henry (4-6-1/0-2-1 ODAC).

The Royals hope to carry the momentum into Saturday's road game, playing at Guilford College (1-10/1-1 ODAC) in a 7:30pm game in Greensboro, N.C.