LAGRANGE, Ga. – LaGrange College's men's soccer team opened its 2010 season with a 2-1 win over Emory & Henry College on Sunday at Panther Field.
The Panthers (1-0) got two first half goals from Jeremy Ham (LaGrange, Ga./Callaway) and Matt Sherman (LaGrange, Ga./Callaway) and made them stand up against the Wasps (0-1-1). Freshman Donnie Palmer (LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange) had nine saves, six in the second half, in his first collegiate start.
Emory & Henry outshot the Panthers 18-9 and had a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Wasps also an 11-4 edge in corner kicks.
Ham, a freshman, opened the scoring for the game and the season nine minutes into the game. Cameron Williams (Bay Minette, Ala./Daphne) played a through ball to Ham on the right side. Ham beat goalkeeper Daniel Mills for his first collegiate goal and a 1-0 lead.
The Wasps got the tying goal midway through the first half. Brian Butler scored off a corner kick to tie the game at 1-1.
The Panthers got the go-ahead and eventual winning goal just two minutes later. Sherman took a pass from Williams, beat a defender and sent the ball past Mills for a 2-1 lead. The Panthers took the lead into halftime and protected it the rest of the way.
The Panthers play at Averett next Saturday at 12 p.m.