Royals Primed For Late Season Surge After Win At Hollins

Rachel Sauder had a goal and two assists against Hollins and is tied for the team lead with 11 points on the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Rachel Sauder had a goal and two assists against Hollins and is tied for the team lead with 11 points on the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

EMU's soccer women rolled to a 7-0 win at Hollins Tuesday afternoon, earning three important points to move them into eighth in the ODAC standings. The Royals have three games remaining in the regular season to stay in that top eight to earn a spot in the ODAC Tournament.

To end the year, the women have road games at Randolph (1-6 ODAC) this Saturday and Guilford (2-4-1 ODAC) next Saturday. Sandwiched in the middle is a tough home game against Virginia Wesleyan (5-1 ODAC) next Wednesday night.

Today's win at Hollins was the second straight shutout victory for Eastern Mennonite, improving them to 5-7-2 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

The Royals dominated play from the opening touch, out-shooting their hosts 53-2. EMU quickly moved down the field with Rachel Sauder (Lyndhurst, Va./Stuarts Draft) firing a cross to Laura Rittenhouse (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) for a goal just 16 seconds into the game.

In the eighth minute, EMU struck again as freshman defender Megan Breidigan (Douglassville, Pa./Daniel Boone) headed in a corner off the foot of Kylie Paul (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley). It was Breidigan's first career goal. Sauder then popped in a shot from the top of the box, giving the Royals a 3-0 cushion by the 11-minute mark.

Destiny Ritchie (Singers Glen, Va./Broadway) set up junior Logann Braun (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) for a long shot over the keeper's head in the 39th, as the women took a 4-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Leigh Lumsden (Madison, Va./Madison County) stuck in a rebounded shot from Sauder in the 52nd minute. Six minutes later, Lumsden made a one-touch pass to Rittenhouse who connected on her second goal of the game.

Ritchie then made a notch in the goal column in the 79th minute, knocking a long shot off the post for the final tally.

Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) and Emily Young (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax) each took a half in goal, with each keeper making one save.

Saturday's game at Randolph College has a 1:00pm start.