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Royals Edge Eagles On Late Penalty Kick

Jstuin Bishop possesses the ball for the Eagles.

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Eastern Mennonite broke a 1-1 with a penalty kick late in the second half Wednesday afternoon and the Royals held on to defeat Bridgewater College, 2-1.

Due to the conference's unbalanced schedule, Wednesday's contest was a not a conference game.

The Eagles took the lead in the 30th minute when Thomas White centered a pass from the left side and freshman Sam Franklin converted for his first goal as an Eagle, making the score 1-0.

Bridgewater held the lead until the 69th minute when EMU's Tyler Johnson found the back of the net on a long strike from outside the box to knot the score at 1-1.

The Royals went ahead in the 75th minute when the Eagles were whistled for a foul inside the box. Emmanuel Boamah converted the PK to put EMU ahead 2-1 and the Royals held on the rest of the way to take the non-conference victory.

The hosts held a slim 16-13 edge in total shots, however, the Eagles put just two shots on frame. EMU also had the upper hand in corner kicks by a 9-2 margin.

The loss was the third in a row for the Eagles after three straight wins to open the season.

Saturday's home contest against Southern Virginia has been postponed. The Eagles return to action next Wednesday when they host Shenandoah in their ODAC opener.