The Eagles squared off against #8 Manhattan on Saturday at Pyche field. The game was very physical and intense all the way throughout with both teams creating chances at the net. Faith was able to strike early when forward Josh Bray was able to beat the defense and carry the ball into the box for the goal. Faith managed to hold their lead well into the first half despite Manhattan controlling a majority of the possession. Manhattan took advantage though in the 38th minute when Russell Wilson found the back of the net for the 1-1 tie. Manhattan pulled into the lead right away in the second half of play when Gage Phetluangsy crossed the ball into the box leading to a goal for Thunder forward Jake Lewallan. Faith continued to battle and was rewarded in the 72nd minute with a free kick that Joseph Frerichs curved into the net for the equalizer at 2-2.
Both teams would have a few chances during the remainder of the half but neither were able to capitalize before the end of regulation. The game went into overtime, where it was golden goal for one ten minute period followed by another if needed. Again both teams created a couple dangerous situations in the first overtime period but were turned away and the first overtime period ended without a goal. Early into the second overtime, a miscommunication and defensive breakdown left Manhattan's Jake Lewallan open off of a deflection and he placed it into the net for the game winner.
"It was a highly contested game all the way through and I thought the guys kept their focus and battled all the way to the end. As a team we made strides in our play and did a lot of things well against a very good team. Hopefully we can carry that with us into next week's games."
Faith hits the road this week with games against Emmaus, Ozark and Calvary.