What seemed like a game that was put out of reach for the Royals eventually shifted gears, as EMU recovered from an early 3-0 deficit. Junior defender Emmanuel Boamah (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) provided both the equalizer and the game-winner for the Royals in Wednesday afternoon's match.
Boamah's winner came with 1:58 left in double overtime, completing an incredible comeback and giving Eastern Mennonite a crucial ODAC victory. With two games left, the Royals are alone in seventh in the ODAC with nine points, with three teams behind them with six points. The top eight make the ODAC Tournament.
Bridgewater (7-8/4-3 ODAC) came out firing on all cylinders and struck early from a close-range header on their home field in the 4th minute. Three minutes later, they scored again on a shot rifled 30 yards out from a free kick.
BC would strike again after 20 minutes of play, putting an exclamation on their 3-0 lead.
In the 36th minute, Joshua Chiquillo (Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field) earned the first mark for the Royals (9-5/3-4 ODAC) off of a free kick. Chiquillo's exciting shot hit the cross bar before finally settling across the goal line, putting the score at 3-1.
The Royals struggled to recover for the remainder of the first half, with Cody Martin (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) and the Royals defense seeing a lot of action.
Despite the results on the scoreboard, EMU outshot BC 10-5, earning five corner kicks to the Eagles' one in the first half.
Wanting to start the second half strong, the Royals changed looks in cage putting in Matthew Overacker (Mount Crawford, Va./Turner Ashby).
EMU controlled the opening stretch of the second half, earning a corner and taking three shots in the first eight minutes.
Finding the back of the net for the Royals was Jesus Trejo (Winchester, Va./John Handley) in the 52nd minute. Dave Drafton (Alexandria, Va./Howard Gardner) controlled the ball up the right sideline to find Daniel Obour (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) just outside of the box. Obour sent the ball to Trejo who was able to maneuver around two defenders and send a ball on target, tightening the score 3-2.
The sudden score put EMU down by one goal, and momentarily took some wind out of BC's sails.
After fifteen minutes of back and forth play, David Shafer (Maitland, Fla./Bishop Moore Catholic) played what would be the equalizer after sending a ball to Boamah, who headed the ball past BC keeper to take the game to 3-3.
With just under four minutes to play, the Eagles broke towards cage for their most threatening possession of the half. However, Overacker left his post, chasing the ball down to stop the attack. Overacker was credited with the win and ended with three saves.
The first overtime would prove to be exciting, yet unfulfilling as the score remained at a standoff.
The second overtime tilted in EMU's favor even before the fourth goal, as the Royals controlled the play on their offensive end. In the 108th minute of play, Shafer found Boamah once again who cashed in for the victory, which ultimately hushed Bridgewater's heckling fans.
The Royals play in their last home match on Oct. 21, taking on Roanoke College in their Senior Recognition Night. Kickoff is at 7:00pm. They end their regular season just three days later on Oct. 24 finishing out against Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.