Royals Score Late In Loss At Lynchburg

Freshman Kyle Shelton has shown offense presence from the EMU back line all season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Freshman Kyle Shelton has shown offense presence from the EMU back line all season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

The EMU soccer men lost on the road at Lynchburg on Saturday night by a score of 3-1. The loss drops the Royals to 5-11 on the season and 0-5 in conference play.

Lynchburg got their offense going early in the match scoring in the 7th minute on a goal by Luke Mega. EMU would hold the score steady until halftime, but only managed two shots in the first half.

The Royals came out in a furry to begin the second half putting pressure on the Hornets. A free kick opportunity in the 46th minute gave Troy Davis (Gainesville, Va./Patriot) a chance to score as he put the ball off the crossbar. Then Ethan McGee (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) followed with a second shot off the crossbar on the rebound.

Lynchburg scored a second goal in the 53rd minute when Carter Everette found some space at the top of the box and floated the ball in. The Hornets added a third goal in the 61st minute when Michael Lyons sent a cross inside to the charging Abibi Osman who tapped it in.

In the 88th minute, Leiyan Kariuki (Nairobi, Kenya/St. Patricks) scored his fourth goal of the season on a loose ball in front of the goal after a Davis shot attempt to cut the lead to two, but the comeback would fall short for EMU.

The Hornets outshot EMU 27-11 as Ahmed Zaatar (Barboursville, Va./William Monroe) had 12 saves in net.

The men stay on the road Wednesday, Oct. 19 as they play at Randolph at 4:30pm.