HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Virginia Wesleyan College's men's soccer Marlins scored twice in the second half Saturday en route to posting a 2-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory over the host Royals of Eastern Mennonite University.
It was the ODAC opener for the Marlins, who improved to 4-2 overall. It is the best season start for VWC since 2009 and the 14th win over EMU in the last 16 games in the series with the Royals. EMU is now 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Sophomore Josh Kemp (Frisco, Texas/Addison Trinity Christian Academy)scored what turned out to be the game-winner in the 71st minute. EMU attempted to clear the ball and Kemp took it away from the Royals and hit the second goal of the game for VWC.
Virginia Wesleyan tied the game in the 48th minute, wiping out a 1-0 halftime deficit. Senior Brian Cornell (Front Royal/Warren County)found the ball in a scuffle in front of the net and ripped it through the crowd to put the Marlins on the scoreboard.
Eastern Mennonite scored first in the game, tallying in the 42nd minute, despite being out-shot by Virginia Wesleyan throughout the first half. Jordan Hollinger scored for the Royals.
VWC finished the game with a lopsided 30-8 difference in shots and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore Connor Kirkham (Centreville/Chantilly Westfield)finished with two saves for VWC. EMU goalie Andrew Yoder produced five saves.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Tuesday, Sept 17, traveling to Fayetteville, N.C. to face the Monarchs of Methodist University in non-conference action beginning at 4 p.m.