The Maryville College Scots got their 2017 campaign off to a hot start, defeating ODAC foe Eastern Mennonite University in a 2-0 battle during the Maryville College Invitational.
The opening round of the tournament was forced to move to Knoxville, Tenn. and the Sansom Sports Complex, as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey moved through East Tennessee.
However, the scheduling move didn't hinder the Scots, as they came out of the gate for the 2017 season with their hard-fought win.
Maryville outshot the Royals, 12-11, but the Scots tallied seven shots on goal to Eastern Mennonite's four in the physical match.
EMU was called fir 17 fouls, while Maryville was penalized nine times.
The Scots' Johnny Rakhmonberdiev led the way, adding a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory. The sophomore midfielder recorded six of Maryville's 12 shots on the night to go along with four of MC's seven shots on goal.
However, the Scots didn't get on the board until the 63rd minute of the match.
Rakhmonberdiev punched a corner kick to the left side, as the ball got lost in the scrum. The kick bounced off a defenders hip, deflecting into the upper left of the net for the own goal. Rakhmonberdiev was awarded the assist, as Maryville led 1-0 with 62:46 showing on the clock.
Less that 10 minutes later, the Scots would score the the second goal of the match. In the 72nd minute, Rakhmonberdiev off a beautiful assist. Milan Card dribbled from near midfield to just above the box, before passing ahead. Rakhmonberdiev collected the pass, depositing it in the lower left of the net.
Maryville's Ryan Jorgensen would ward off numerous threats, collecting four saves in his first victory of the season.
The Scots look to continue their success today in the final matches of the Maryville College Invitational.
MC plays Wilmington College (Ohio) at 5 p.m., with the tournament starting at 1 p.m.
The tournament is set to continue on the Maryville College campus, weather permitting.