Second half shutout fatal in loss to Spalding

Second half shutout fatal in loss to Spalding

RICHMOND, Ind.-Earlham showed more physicality, using their bodies to go after balls and defened the goal against Spalding attacks. An earyl foul by the Quakers gave Spading's Ugarak a free kick which was off target and soared above the crossbar. In the 38th minute Haki Johnson made the perfect pass to the 18-box for Jimmy Nti-Kyeremeh to capitalize and put Earlham up 1-0. After Earlham's goal Spalding became aggressive in their attacks, and a breakdown in the defense allowed Spalding's top scorer Kornell Hillard a one-on-one chance with Quaker goalkeeper Nicola Manni who narrowly missed the save making the score 1-1. Early in the match a foul on Spalding gave the Quakers a free kick which Yuki Adams headed in goal. An Earlham offside costed them that goal, keeping the score 1-1 going into halftime.

To open the second half Hillard scored another unanswered goal after maneuvering down the sideline and tricking Manni out of the net. From then on it was all Spalding. The second goal by Spalding marked a significant momentum shift and both teams began spending a lot of time on the Quakers' side of the field. Abnel St. Fluer was the next Eagle to seize a goal opportunity after a perfectly placed assist by Bass. There were no Quakers around to stop the third and final goal scored by Kornell Hillard as he pulled a hat trick right over Manni's head to make the score 4-1.

This match was marred in injury as both teams put their body on the line to defend their goal and attack their opponent's

Men's soccer will resume play on Wednesday, September 19 against the Wilmington (OH) Quakers. The match will take place at Wilmington and begin at 7:00pm