WATERTOWN, WI—The Crusaders came out firing and never looked back in an 11-0 victory against the good-tempered Eagles on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Maranatha finished with a total tally of 11 goals, and registered 27 shots on goal during the course of the match.
“I was really impressed with Emmaus and their positive attitudes throughout the entire game,” stated Coach Pill after the victory. “They battled hard for every possession, and their approach to the game was a delight to see.”
Although Maranatha controlled the time of possession, the Eagles worked hard to tightly defend the middle, giving the Crusader attack confusion for nearly the first twenty minutes. Finally, a good pass by sophomore forward Tim Rogers (Willmar, MN) in the nineteenth minute was able to slide past the defensive front and find the foot of Mitchell Holley (Watertown, WI), who capitalized for his third goal of the season.
The Crusaders would score four more times before the halftime whistle, with goals coming from freshman sensation Wira Wama (Papua New Guinea), Mitch Holley, Tim Rogers, and Jacob Palmer (Warner, NH).
Senior Jacob Palmer recorded his first goal of the season this afternoon, finishing on a spectacular volley from a good cross by junior defenseman Michael Bagin (Richfield, WI).
Six more goals would come in the second half, four credited to Crusader players, while two were recorded as own goals against Emmaus. Both Wama and Rogers would find the net once again for the Maranatha offense, as well as junior midfielder Taylor Pill (Watertown, WI) and sophomore midfielder Shane Moore (Baltimore, MD).
Pleased with the course of the game, Coach Pill remarked, “Our guys were really focused right from the start. It took us a little while to break them down, but we were able to finally figure it out and get our tempo going. I was also pleased with the wide variety of guys who were able to contribute today…that’s always great to see.”
The Crusaders improve to 8-4 overall with the victory, and hope to continue their goal-scoring barrage as they take on the three challenging opponents next week of Lakeland, Concordia Chicago, and Great Lakes. The first match-up will be against Lakeland College of Plymouth, WI, and will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15th in Watertown.