Rams win battle of defending MAC champs

Rams win battle of defending MAC champs

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Rams win battle of defending MAC champs

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Monday night’s rain was unrelenting at Ensley Stadium.

So was the Roberson soccer team.

By and large, the Rams kept the ball on Enka’s side of the field to collect a wet 3-1 home win.

Division I college signees Kathryn Black (Elon), Mercedes Ducker (Western Carolina) and Emily McCord (Presbyterian) scored goals for unbeaten Roberson (4-0-1, 1-0-0) in its Mountain Athletic Conference opener.

The Rams outshot the visiting Sugar Jets, 28-8, and took 12 corner kicks to Enka’s one.

“We created a lot of chances tonight,” Roberson coach Rob Wilcher said. “Enka is a good team, and their goalkeeper (Marina Eisenhut) did a great job. Against an average keeper, we might have scored a few more tonight. But I’m proud of my team. It was a good effort.”

Enka (4-1-0, 1-1-0) got its lone goal from Columbus State (Ga.) recruit Nicole Corcione, who blasted in a ball from about 25 yards out with 12 minutes, 10 seconds to go in the first half.

The scored tied the game at 1, but the Rams answered four minutes later, with Ducker’s goal giving them the lead for good.

McCord’s header off a corner kick by Rachel Erde capped things off with 21:30 to go in the second half.

Enka and Eisenhut had not surrendered a goal before Monday. She made 19 saves, while her counterpart at Roberson, Hope Dickerson, stopped two attempts that were on frame by the Sugar Jets.

“Roberson is a great team,” Enka coach Matt Kinnaird said. “They deserved it. They had a lot of opportunities and put them away.”

Enka (3-A) and Roberson (4-A) are the defending MAC champions in their respective classifications.

The Sugar Jets are No. 11 in this week’s N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3-A poll, while the Rams are 12th in 4-A.

Roberson returns to action Friday against Jacksonville, a game which is part of the Brittany Memorial Showcase in Wilson. Enka is scheduled to travel to North Buncombe on Wednesday.

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