RICHMOND, Ind. - Quakers win big in their first home conference match
Joel (Jimmy) Nti-Kyeremeh got Earlham off to a quick start, scoring in the 5th minute by capitalizing off a perfectly placed ball, out hustling a defender, misleading the goalie and placing the ball in the back left of the net. With a 1-0 lead, Earlham maintained a steady offensive pace but the Pioneers made sure the Quakers got as few opportunities to attack as possible. Right before the half, the Pioneers struck when Transylvania's Griffin Lamb crossed to the back then shot it in the opposite back side of the net making the score tied going into the half.
The second half started much the like first, with Jimmy Nti-Kyeremeh scoring his second goal of the game in the 51st minute. Ky shot the ball, it was deflected by Pioneer goalkeeper Michael Kline, he shot the ball again, it was deflected by a defender, and on his third attempt his relentless effort paid off and he finally hit the back of the net giving Earlham the 2-1 advantage. Drew Fitzgibbon would score the final goal of the game unconventionally after the goalkeeper tried to save a shot by Jimmy Nti-Kyeremeh and Fitzgibbon finished the job.
After being down two goals, the Pioneers turned up the heat offensively, putting the Quaker defense to work. The back field held their own and attacked each Pioneer that dared to venture into the Quaker territory. Nicola (Nico) Manni was an integral part of Earlham's win. He had some outstanding saves and anchored down the Quaker defense.