Royals Outlast Panthers In A 1-0 Overtime Win

EMU Royals celebrate after Oswald found the back of the net for Sunday's overtime win against Ferrum College. (Photo by Scott Eyre)
EMU Royals celebrate after Oswald found the back of the net for Sunday's overtime win against Ferrum College. (Photo by Scott Eyre)

With the minutes ticking down and a second overtime imminent, sophomore midfielder Shaylla Oswald (Broadway, Va./Broadway) struck the decisive blow to give the Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer team a thrilling 1-0 win against Ferrum on Sunday afternoon.

EMU (1-0-1), which rebounded from a tiring 1-1 double overtime tie in its season opener on Friday, found its second goal of the season from Oswald with just over three minutes left in the first overtime.

The first half of regulation played out to a scoreless tie, with EMU holding a 7-6 advantage in shots and a 4-2 corner kicks edge. The second half began with back and forth play while still remaining scoreless. Ferrum College took a 5-3 shot advantage but trailed EMU in corner kicks 4-1. 

Entering into a third overtime period in just two games, the Royals came out strong and persisted through to the final minutes.

In the 97th minute, sophomore defender Kylie Paul (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) struck a cross to freshman midfielder Rachel Sauder (Waynesboro, Va./Stuarts Draft) in front of the goal. Despite having two defenders on her, Sauder found Oswald who then buried the ball in the lower left corner of the net past Ferrum's goalkeeper.

Oswald returned to the pitch for the 2017 season after suffering an ankle injury last year. With the assist from Sauder, Oswald found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.  

EMU's sophomore goalkeeper Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) registered four saves in the game's shutout.

The Royals return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 6 as they head to Division 1 Hampton College. In the 2016 season, EMU handed Hampton a 2-0 loss.

For the next six games, EMU will remain on the road until returning to the EMU Turf field on Wednesday, Sept. 27 to take on Lynchburg College.