Hornets Take Down EMU Men In ODAC Quarterfinals

The EMU men fell at top-seeded Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon. (photo by Scott Eyre)
The EMU men fell at top-seeded Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The Eastern Mennonite University men's soccer team was unable to gain momentum at top-seeded Lynchburg College in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament, as the Hornets ended the soccer men's season with a 2-0 decision. 

The Royals came up short in their ODAC bid in the No. 1/No. 8 game and end the season with a record of 10-7 overall and 4-5 in conference play. 

EMU seemed to be on their offensive end for the majority of the opening 25 minutes. The Royals nearly found the back of the net in the 22nd minute when Dave Drafton found David Shafer (Maitland, Fla. / Bishop Moore Catholic) in the box, but the opportunity would be unsuccessful resulting in a close-range shot right at LC's keeper. Despite the better chances in the first half, the Royals remained scoreless against the top-seeded Hornets. 

Neither team seemed to control the ball for the remainder of the first half with Lynchburg edging EMU in a slim 4-2 shot margin.

Lynchburg's men came out firing five shots at EMU's senior keeper Matthew Overacker (Mount Crawford, Va. / Turner Ashby) within the first nine minutes of the second half. 

The Royals defense held firm until the 60th minute of play when the Hornet's found their first goal, adding a sense of urgency for Eastern Mennonite.

The ball remained in EMU's defensive territory until the men's best chance to equalize came in the 77th minute when Dominic Powers (Culpeper, Va. / Fresta Valley Christian) fired the first shot of the half for the Royals.

Aside from Powers and Shafer, Juan Luna (Mount Jackson, Va. / Stonewall Jackson) and Nik Tucker (Matthews, N.C. / Weddington) each had a shot attempt in the match.

The Hornets capitalized once again in the 82nd minute to secure the 2-0 and advance to the ODAC Semifinals.

The men were outshot 17-4 and 8-2 on goal. Overacker finished his final game as a Royal with six stops.