The Eastern Mennonite University women's soccer team played its final home match of the season on Wednesday night as it hosted Virginia Wesleyan University, but it was the Marlins who went on the capture the victory, 3-0.
The Marlins got on the board early as they were able to capitalize on an EMU handball that resulted in a penalty kick. Sophomore goalkeeper Leah Wenger (Harrisonburg, Va./Eastern Mennonite) was unable to guess the shot, diving right as the ball went to her left.
The Marlins scored again in the 21st minute with a VWU attacker coming fresh off of the bench and right into play. The ball was sent into the box, which pulled Wenger out of position to give the Marlins an opportunity to bury the ball on net, giving them a 2-0 lead in the first half.
The Royals nearly counterattacked when Emily Hostetler (Marshallville, Ohio/Smithville) found Ariel Barbosa (Baltimore, Md./Towson) on a fast break towards the cage. Unfortunately, the ball was sent a touch too far, resulting in VWU goalkeeper regaining possession for the Marlins.
Freshman defender Ariana Mills (Ruckersville, Va./William Monroe) prevented the Marlins from going up 3-0 in the first half as she blocked a shot off of a corner kick.
The Marlins dominated the first half of play after outshooting the Royals 14-0 and taking 5 corner kicks to EMU's 0.
Virginia Wesleyan struck early in the second half of regulation after chaotic midfield play. Neither team was able to gain control of the ball between the 30s until a long ball was sent from a VWU defender. After a shot was taken and immediately blocked by Mills, the rebounded ball left in the box was ultimately won by the Marlins, taking the lead to 3-0.
Wenger saw nine shots on goal and made six saves, she completed the first 66 minutes of play until Emily Young (Fredericksburg, Va/Massaponax) came in. Young saw two shots on goal and made two saves.
On the defensive end, the Royals saw great efforts from Mills, Kylie Paul (Hellertown, Pa./Saucon Valley) and Mikaela Zook (Millersburg, Ind. / Northridge), while the midfield saw aggressive play from Hannah Walker (Chesapeake, Va. / Grassfield) and Megan Breidigan (Douglassville, Pa. / Daniel Boone).
VWU (12-5-1, 8-1 ODAC) held a 24-2 margin in total shots in the contest with 11 of those coming on goal. The Marlins also edged the Royals in corner kicks 9-0.
EMU is now 6-8-2 overall (4-5 ODAC) and will be on the road for its final match of the regular season, heading to Guilford College on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a 2:00pm match.