RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men's soccer team takes a two-game winning streak into a weekend tournament at Emory & Henry University (Va.) this weekend. The Quakers will take on Ferrum College (Va.) on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by the hosts on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Teams: Earlham, Ferrum, and Emory & Henry. The Quakers enter the weekend with a 2-1 record after a 1-0 victory over in-state foe Wabash College on Wednesday. The Panthers stand at 1-2 after a 2-0 loss at the hands of Guilford College on Wednesday while the Wasps are 2-0 after dismantling of Valley Forge College 7-1.
The Coaches: Sam Byrd enters his second season as head men's soccer coach at his alma mater. The 2003 alumnus served as an assistant coach for longtime head coach Roy Messer for two seasons prior to being promoted to head coach in May of 2015. Andrew Pauley has served as Ferrum's men's soccer coach since 2010 while Robert Richardson, is in his fourth season as head men's soccer coach at Emory & Henry.
The Players: Senior Bret Marshall and freshman Micah Roland have scored Earlham's two goals this season. Junior Aiden Klemmer has the squad's only assist while sophomore goalkeeper Nicola Manni has posted two shutouts. Shamarr Perry leads Ferrum with two goals this year compared to five goals for Jordan Couch to lead the Wasps offense.
Recent History: Earlham edged Emory & Henry 3-2 on Sept. 5 of 2015 to give Sam Byrd his first win as Earlham's head coach. The Quakers have not faced Ferrum since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season.
Coaching Connections: Earlham assistant coach Aaron Gustine is an alumnus of Ferrum. Gustine also spent two seasons on the Emory & Henry sideline as an assistant coach. Robert Richardson spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach to former Earlham head coach Roy Messer.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of both games will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham travels to the College of Wooster for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday, Sept. 17.