By Coach Lenny
The Emerson Middle School soccer team took their show on the road for the first time this season, traveling to Ann Arbor Christian Academy Tuesday afternoon. Whether at home or away, a pattern is starting to develop with this group of kids—stifling defense, and bored goalkeepers.
On their way to their second shutout of this young season, our Eagles got ahead early, just like in their previous game, with Gabe Seir getting free directly in front of the AACS goal and easily tapped the ball into the corner to the keeper’s right. Vincent Pelosi added a goal later in the first half, on a beautiful shot from well outside the 18-yard box, the keeper looking helplessly on as it sailed overhead, out of reach, and just under the crossbar.
The second half closely resembled the first – two more goals by Emerson, nothing much happening in the way of offense for AACS. John Byers scored both of the goals for Emerson, bringing the final count to 4-0. Michael Pelosi, Matthew Murray and Gabe again combined for the shutout in goal, but none was ever truly challenged. Though she didn’t score, Mara Mueting gave AACS fits, frequently blowing past their defense on down the right sideline and creating chances for her teammates. Captain Isabel Crumm anchored the back line at sweeper, with Mara, Biruk Tewodros, Elizabeth Brewer, Lindsay Barba, and Cammie Treiber taking turns as outside fullbacks, keeping opposing attackers at bay.