EMORY, Va. – The Ferrum College Men's Soccer Team (1-1-1) took advantage of a pair of first-half goals en route to defeating Emory & Henry College (2-1-1) by a 2-1 score Wednesday evening at Fred Selfe Stadium. The Wasps see their three-match unbeaten run end, a streak that was the best since the 2008 season.
The Panthers came out with high pressure and speed and were able to put a pair of goals on the board in the opening half-hour. The first came on a penalty kick after Ferrum was fouled in the box. Keith Ricks converted from the spot with 19:00 left to go in the half.
The second goal came 6:17 later in the 32nd minute. Jesse Cortes served up a corner kick that Ricks was able to settle and put in the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Emory & Henry had several opportunities as it put up nine shots in the first half including three on frame, but the Ferrum defense held and kept the halftime sheet in its favor.
Opening the second half, the Wasps came out with more intensity and pressure, as they outshot the Panthers by a 4-1 margin in the first 10 minutes of the period. Threatening again, E&H was fouled inside the 18-yard box and earned a penalty kick.
Senior midfielder Jared Eirkisson (Blackstone, Va.) stood over the ball and slotted it to the left side of the goal to cut the margin to 2-1. The Wasps had more chances late but the speed of the Panthers' back four prevented an open look at the goal as the final score would remain 2-1.
Emory & Henry continued its pressure for the remainder of the match, finishing the contest with 17 shots compared to 15 for Ferrum. The Panthers held a 5-3 advantage on corner kicks but were penalized five times for being offside.
Sophomore goalkeeper Didier Grillet (Matthews, N.C.) stopped six shots in the contest despite the loss while FC's Zach Moorman had five saves.
Emory & Henry will remain at home on Saturday when it opens Old Dominion Athletic Conference play. The Wasps will host the WildCats of Randolph College at 4:00 p.m.
-photo courtesy of Jimmy Whited