Franklin Springs, Ga.—The Auburn Montgomery soccer teams started the season off on the right foot as the Lady Senators defeated Emmanuel College 2-0 and the men finished off the double-header sweep with a 3-1 win.
Amber Elam, Valdosta, Ga., and Erica Padula, Panama City, Fla., picked up from last season as each scored a goal in the ladies’ opening-match win. Elam scored on a pass from Alicia Bowles, Kennesaw, Ga., in the first half, as AUM led 1-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Padula was able to score an unassisted goal with less than 20 minutes left in the match to give AUM a two goal advantage.
Daisy Burnfield, Longstock, England, made her first start in goal for AUM and picked up her first shutout for the Lady Senators. She had one save as the AUM defenders held Emmanuel to only one shot on goal.
AUM is now 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while Emmanuel falls to 0-2 and 0-1.
The Lady Senators will be back in action this Saturday and Sunday, when it travels to Pulaski, Tenn., to play in the Martin Methodist College Tournament. AUM will face Missouri Valley College Saturday at 1 p.m., and then play fifth-ranked Martin Methodist on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
In men’s action, the Senators gave up only one shot in the first half, but Emmanuel made it count as that shot found the back of the net, and the home-standing Lions led 1-0 at halftime.
AUM came out in the second half and put a lot of defensive pressure on Emmanuel and scored two quick goals to go up 2-1.
Levi Shiverdecker, Alexander City, scored both goals, and Christopher Ross, Melbourne, Australia, had both assists.
AUM held on to the 2-1 lead until late in the match when Stephen Grooms, Prattville, hit a streaking Arnar Thordarson, Reykjavik, Iceland, for the third and final goal of the match.
The Senators (1-0/1-0 SSAC) will play its first home match of the season Sunday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. when it hosts Spring Hill College. The match has been set aside as Tie Dye Day and all fans are encouraged to wear tie dye.