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The Emory women’s soccer team ended the regular season on a strong note with a 3-1 win over the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Nov. 3 at Fauver Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.

With the victory, the Eagles finish the season with a seven-game undefeated streak as well as five consecutive victories. The team closed out with an overall season record of 13-4-1 and a conference record of 4-2-1, good for third place in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Eagles’ third-place UAA finish is the best by the program since 2013.

Sophomore defender Caroline Moore scored the first goal of the afternoon — and her fifth goal of the year — in the 17th minute. She tapped the ball into the right post off a cross from senior forward Sophia Dillon.

The Eagles maintained their lead until halftime. Senior goalkeeper Dani Staffin made several saves to keep the score even. Her defensive prowess showed in the 54th minute when she made a double save, keeping out a penalty and the rebound. However, the Yellowjackets found an equalizer a minute later as Rochester senior forward Kerri Eden scored from inside the box.

The Eagles opened the floodgates within the last quarter of the match. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Breskow scored off a deflection from a cross by junior forward Shivani Beall in the 68th minute. Sophomore midfielder Samantha Hilsee finished off the Yellowjackets in the 83rd minute with a header from sophomore midfielder Lily Dresner’s free kick.

The Emory defense also impressed, not allowing another shot on target during the last 28 minutes.

The Eagles heard new good news Nov. 5 as they earned a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014. This will be the Eagles’ 17th overall appearance and ninth under Head Coach Sue Patberg.

“We were nervous going in,” Staffin said. “There aren’t a lot of people on the selection committee from the South, so we were a little bit unsure heading in [if we’d get into the tournament]. Good to see we made [the tournament].”

The Eagles will face Penn State Berks in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Lynchburg, Va.

“We haven’t played this team before,” Staffin said of Penn State Berks. “However, we’ll have a couple of solid practices, so we should be ready.”

The Emory men’s soccer team finished its season with a draw against the No. 3 University of Rochester (N.Y.) on the road. The final score of 0-0 on Nov. 3 is reflective of the Eagles’ season of mixed highs and lows. The team finishes with an overall record of 9-7-2 and a conference record of 0-6-1, meaning they will not play in the NCAA tournament.

Saturday’s game started slowly for Emory. The match quickly began to turn against them, as Rochester found a shot on goal only three minutes into play. Sophomore goalkeeper Cole Gallagher was ready on the save, foreshadowing the team’s strong defensive play throughout the match.

The Eagles’ offense struggled throughout the first half. Though Rochester found consistent shots every few minutes, Emory failed to get a play far enough forward to add a shot to the scoreboard. The team would end the half without a single shot.

Despite the disappointing performance on the attack, the first half was full of praiseworthy play from the defense. None of Rochester’s six shots in the half found their way home. Gallagher marked a second save for himself before the end of the first 45 minutes.

Rochester entered the second half with continued high energy shown by two shots in the first five minutes of play. The second shot was poised to score until senior midfielder Tyler Santee made a literal “heads-up” play and blocked it with his face. Santee, a regular leader on the defensive end, kept the defensive spirit of the first half alive for the Eagles.

With 30 minutes left in regulation, Emory sophomore forward Nate Sampson found the team’s first shot of the match. True to the pattern they showed throughout the season, the Eagles accelerated, making the end of the second half their strongest segment of the match.

Emory added three shots on goal to the scoreboard before regulation expired. The shots all came from familiar stars on offense: senior forward Moustafa Khattab, junior midfielder Jun Tsuru and junior midfielder Keegan McCombie.

Overall, the Eagles showed vast improvement in the second half, only being outshot 4-5 as opposed to the 0-6 line from the starting half. In addition, their defense continued to hold out against consistent Rochester aggression.

Despite their gain in momentum near the end of regulation, the Eagles could not continue the pressure into what would end up being two overtime periods. The team did not find another shot for the remainder of the night. In the end, Emory’s defense knuckled down and resisted push after push from the Yellowjackets to bring the match to a draw.

“Our defense played very well,” Gallagher said. “We got out of a couple of close call situations, and I was really happy with how our back half and our defensive guys played.”

Gallagher ended the night with an impressive five saves, a positive way to end a difficult season and the key contribution to saving Emory from a loss.

Overall, the season was a tumultuous one for the Eagles. In regional play, the team was unstoppable, finding nine wins, one loss and one tie. But in conference play, they seemed like an entirely different team. The careful, precise and aggressive team that beat Millsaps College (Miss.) and Sewanee: The University of the South (Tenn.) 4-0 gave way to a fatigued and back-footed team who failed to score against the University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.), finishing both matches 0-2.

Although they were unable to accomplish their season goal of a tournament appearance, the Eagles managed to pull off a winning record and cement some truly entertaining matches in the records. A draw in their final match may not be as satisfying for fans and players alike, but against a highly ranked team like Rochester, it is hardly a disappointment.

Senior forward and co-captain Moustafa Khattab faces off against Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Oct. 26. The Eagles lost 2-0 to the Tartans to start off a winless weekend. Sarah Taha/Staff

The Eagles suffered two shutouts on Oct. 26 and 28, a disappointing way to mark the Emory men’s soccer team’s final two home games of the season. Despite moments of impressive control in both games, second-half fatigue ultimately cost the Eagles both matches and likely their chance at a tournament berth.

Friday evening’s matchup against Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) (Pa.) looked like the closest game of the season so far in the first half. Despite the Tartans getting off to an early shot lead of 7-4 in the first 25 minutes, the Eagles found a wave of energy in the latter part of the half. Not only did the team put themselves in the lead in terms of shots, but they also gained clear control of the ball and the match. Seeming like themselves early in the season, Emory made clean, quick passes and outmatched CMU defenders.

After leaving the field tied 0-0 at halftime, the Eagles returned ready to play. Despite firing off a shot in the first five minutes of the second half, the team could not continue to play at their previous pace. The offense’s attacks became more spread out and thereby more easily intercepted. Few plays came close enough to the goal to develop into shots.

On the other end of the field, Emory’s defense seemed to tire out. A slow response to a loose ball in Emory’s own half allowed CMU junior midfielder Elliot Cohen to slip past the last man. Emory sophomore goalkeeper Cole Gallagher brought Cohen to the ground in an attempt to prevent a goal, leading to a penalty kick which Cohen promptly sunk into the net.

Another defensive mishap let CMU junior midfielder Jack Painter weave into the box and score from around Gallagher. With only 12 minutes remaining in the match, the Eagles tried to rally with a late header shot from senior midfielder Tyler Santee, but to no avail, ending the game 2-0 in the Tartans’ favor.

Junior defender Jimmy Tricolli prepares to clear the ball against Carnegie Mellon. Sarah Taha/Staff

Sophomore defender Josh Berman, who had a strong performance throughout the match, said the team kept him going despite the difficult game.

“Everyone on the team has your back, even the players on the bench,” Berman said. “We go out every game trying to win, and that’s what we’re going to do on Sunday.”

The Eagles rolled into Sunday’s Senior Day match versus Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) hoping to keep their chances of appearing in the NCAA tournament alive. Unfortunately, the match ended in favor of the Case Western Spartans after Emory fell victim to many of Friday’s shortcomings.

Emory started the match with clear improvements in communication. The players talked audibly on the field, warning teammates of defenders and open-pass opportunities.

Despite an early goal by Case Western senior forward Alex Besl into the back-left corner, the team managed to keep building energy. Yet another Spartan goal by junior forward and midfielder Zachary Senft off a penalty kick seemed to only spur on the Eagles. After allowing these two goals, Emory turned around the last 20 minutes of the half, making them the strongest of the day.

Once again in the second half, the Eagles could not find a clean opportunity to score. Overshot passes continually led to possession changes against the team. Meanwhile, the Case Western offense only increased their pressure.

Emory junior goalkeeper Trevor Stormes, who had five saves during the match, obtained a red card and left the game after charging Case Western sophomore midfielder Connor Weber and denying him a shot on goal. Weber scored on the resulting penalty kick to bring the score to 3-0 Spartans.

Khattab handles the ball under pressure from Carnegie Mellon. Sarah Taha/Staff

Junior midfielder Jun Tsuru, who piloted one of the team’s three shots on goal, felt Emory’s offense lacked in consistency. He expressed the need for a “striker who plays consistently over every game, so he can mold and have chemistry connecting with the rest of the team.”

“For us it is obviously disappointing result,” Head Coach Cory Greiner said. “At this point our entire focus has been just to enjoy ourselves and enjoy our soccer, and to see if we can find a way to manufacture a chance to score goals.”

As for his objective for the team’s final regular season game?

“I don’t care about the result,” Greiner said. “I want to see — can we enjoy ourselves? And can we score a goal in the conference?”

The Eagles will play the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.

The Emory women’s soccer team defeated Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) (Pa.) 1-0 on Oct. 26 and celebrated Senior Day on Oct. 28 with a 2-1 win over Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), boosting the Eagles’ overall record to 12-4-1 and extending their win streak to six games.  

Against CMU, junior forward Caroline Kolski drove home her third goal of the season in the 57th minute to break the scoreless tie. Throughout the whole game, both teams attempted just 15 shots the Eagles with eight and CMU with seven forcing the teams into a primarily defensive battle.

During their second match, the Eagles pounced early, scoring both goals in the first half. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Breskow put away her third career goal as an Eagle at the 28th minute, driving home a long shot into the far corner.

Just four minutes later, junior forward Shivani Beall netted her team-high ninth goal of the season off a ball from freshman midfielder Arielle Williamson from inside the six-yard box.

“The connection between [Beall] and [Williamson] was phenomenal,” Head Coach Sue Patberg said of the goal.

In the second half, Case Western retaliated when freshman forward Christina Hickson dished the ball to sophomore midfielder Lizzy Barna who beat Staffin to the near post in the 88th minute.

Overall, the Eagles outshot Case Western 32-8 and led shots on goal 11-5. Phaneuf finished her final regular-season home game leading both teams with seven shots, two of which were on goal. Staffin closed out her final regular-season home appearance with four saves.  

Before the start of the match against Case Western, the team honored its nine seniors: forward Abbe McCarter, goalkeeper Dani Staffin, defender Danielle Darius, defender Hope Morgan, midfielder Jordan Doak, midfielder Madison Phaneuf, defender Nikki Batt, defender Nylah Hamilton, and forward Sophia Dillon, and with an on-field ceremony.   

Darius, who played on Haiti’s U-20 World Cup squad this past summer, reflected on her journey as an Emory Eagle.

“Because we have been striving towards a common goal — a championship — for years, I have never been more passionate about soccer than when I play with Emory women’s soccer,” Darius said.

Her collegiate experience and lessons learned throughout her four years on the team is something that she will cherish forever.

“I have grown in many ways being on this team,” Darius said. “Being on a college team has been an experience that is not replicable in any other environment.”

Co-captain Batt added to the sentiment of gratitude towards the team.

“Emory soccer has given me a family that I can confide in about anything and everything,” Batt said. “I’ll never stop loving and cheering for this group of remarkable women. … I’m so thankful for them and for the opportunity I had to play collegiate soccer for this amazing school.”

Patberg said she hopes her seniors leave her program saying, “‘I wouldn’t change a thing.’”   

The Eagles return to action on Nov. 3. for their final regular-season game at the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

A clean 3-1 victory over Berry College (Ga.) on Oct. 21 put an end to the Emory men’s soccer team’s six-game drought. In familiar fashion, the Eagles found renewed energy in the second half to secure a victory, utilizing strong defensive play to allow only nine shots from the Berry College Vikings during the afternoon.

The Eagles were the first on the scoreboard with one of the earliest goals they have had all season. Only 21 minutes into the first half, senior midfielder Aidan Datene routed an assist from senior forward Moustafa Khattab into the left corner of the goal. Emory kept on the offensive after the opening point, sending three more shots on goal in the next 10 minutes.

“We are trying to ramp up some of the intensity in the first 10 minutes and trying to press our opponents a little bit higher defensively,” Head Coach Cory Greiner said. “If we can’t manufacture a goal for ourselves in terms of being dangerous and creating chances, then we can hopefully try to turn a mistake by our opponents.”

The pacing of the first half slowed substantially after Emory found no further success from their early volley of shots. The clock reached five minutes until half without major action, only to be interrupted by a goal from Berry freshman midfielder Mason Hemstreet.

Overall, the half showed even play from both teams. Tied at 1-1 with a shot total of 5-4 (Emory), neither squad found enough leverage to pull away during the first 45 minutes.

Often a second-half team, Emory resumed play with a burst of strength. The Eagles found two shots on goal in the first two minutes, but both deflected. Berry faced a second opponent in the officials, acquiring an unusual five fouls early in the second half.

With 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the Eagles finally obtained the shot they needed. Senior midfielder Michael Stier took advantage of a Berry defensive gap to score, giving Emory a 2-1 lead. Maintaining momentum, Khattab encountered a one-on-one opportunity with the Berry goalkeeper three minutes later, which yielded one more goal.

Stier, who was injured for the past three games, said “it was really nice for me to be able to get back on the field and contribute in an important game.”

After the goals from Stier and Khattab, Stier said the team’s energy was reignited.

“[The team] just kept the pedal to the metal there in the second half and created even more chances,” Stier said. “We dominated after that.”

The match concluded with a slew of substitutions from both teams, eager to keep up the fight. Berry added three more fouls and a penalty to the scorecard in an attempt to take back the lead. Emory held on tight to keep the score at 2-1 and bring home a much-needed win.

On their progress this season, Greiner said the team “hit a stretch early in the UAA that was little bit of a reality check,” adding “I want to make sure we finish strong in the UAA.”

Sunday’s match marked the final non-conference game of the season for the Eagles. Their year so far has told a tale of two teams: one unstoppable regionally and one struggling in its conference. The rest of their schedule provides an opportunity to change that. Three wins in their final three matches would mean an overall record of 12-5-1 and a conference record of 3-4. Current conference leader University of Chicago holds a 3-1 conference record. If UChicago struggles to close out the season, Emory could climb to a tie in both their overall and conference records.

“We want to limit some of the bleeding,” Greiner said of his aspirations for the end of the season. “We also have an opportunity, if we do well, to make the NCAA tournament. That’s been a goal every single year. ”

The obstacle for the Eagles then is not just winning three matches but winning three conference matches. Having won mainly non-conference matches so far this season, the team will need to make some changes quickly to turn their season around, but luckily, the point totals in all their games have been very close. Adjustments to Emory’s first-half strategy such as early goals could be enough to push them to a victory.

One thing is for sure: The Eagles are out of room for error.

Emory will play Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. and celebrate Senior Day against Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) on Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at home.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has catapulted many women’s soccer players like Brazilian forward Marta Vieira da Silva and American forward Sydney Leroux into stardom. Emory’s senior defender and co-captain Danielle Darius joins their ranks with her debut in the 2018 edition on the Haiti women’s national U-20 football team.

A week before she took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Darius, a psychology major on the pre-med track, received a call from the Haitian coaches offering a spot on the team. She hopped on a plane to Haiti the day after she finished the grueling exam.

In Haiti, the student athlete said she had to adapt to the faster style of play for international-level soccer, as well as the language barrier within her own team.

“It was very difficult at first, being almost an outsider joining the team,” Darius said. “I knew a little bit of French, but I had to pick up on Haitian Creole. There were a couple of American girls that had played previously and helped me out.”

Sports runs in the Darius family. Both her brother’s and her father’s involvement in sports inspired her to take up track and field and soccer in high school. However, Darius, affectionately known to her Emory teammates as “DD,”  eventually stuck with soccer.

Darius’ love for soccer started at age six. Her childhood soccer journey led her from her hometown of Lutz, Fla., up to Emory, where she has become a standout player on Emory’s defense. As a testament to her importance to the team, Darius was the only player to start all 18 games during the 2017 season.

Playing as a fullback or outside defender, Darius is impressive both on defense and offense. While she was part of an Emory defense that kept nine shutouts in 2017, Darius also tallied three goals and an assist en route to being named to the All University Athletic Association (UAA) Second Team.

Despite her impressive Emory career, Darius was surprised when she learned of her call-up to the U-20 Haitian Women’s team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

“I was definitely shocked,” Darius said. “I had talked to the [Haitian] coaches before summer. I heard they needed people, but I hadn’t heard a lot after. I kept my summer open, but I was mostly focusing on the MCAT.”

Darius said she agreed to an offer to play before considering any other options because she was so excited for the chance to play for Haiti.

Darius has represented for Haiti before, when she played for the senior Haitian women’s team for the 2018 CONCACAF Cup qualifiers in May, catching the attention of the Haitian team selectors.

Fellow Emory senior defender and co-captain Nikki Batt said Darius’ warm personality is a great morale booster and facilitates a sense of teamwork.

“Personality-wise, [Darius] is easy to talk to, easy to approach,” Batt said. “She is always smiling, no matter what we are doing. It’s nice to see, when you are struggling, and she is looking at you with her big smile.”

Batt added that Darius’ intelligent playing style is another major asset to the team, saying Darius sets a great example with her commitment to the game.

“I would say [Darius] is a lead-by-example type of girl,” Batt said. “She likes carrying the team on her back. She loves having the responsibility of being a captain and an attacking defender. If we need to score, we throw ‘DD’ up top because we know she will get it done. She’s going to crash the goal.”

Batt said the Emory team was proud of Darius, known to her team as a hardworking, passionate and humble soccer player

“[Darius] is so humble, and very low-key about [her soccer ability],” Batt said. “We were doing a lift one day, and we were like ‘Where is DD?’ Then we found out she was trying out for the Haitian team in Florida. We all flipped out and texted her good luck. If anyone on the team were to get this opportunity, we’re all glad that it [would be] her.”

Many Emory teammates actively followed Darius’ U-20 World Cup games online, Batt said. The team kept in touch with Darius to wish her luck and motivate her through the tournament.

After her international experience, Darius said she expected a lot more from herself as an Emory Eagle. Upon returning to train with Emory, Darius noticed that her time on the professional pitch benefited her playing style.

“I was not accepting any bad touches,” Darius said. “I really wanted to be almost perfect.”

The summer also made her realize the value of teamwork.

“I value team chemistry a lot more now,” Darius said.

Depending on if she is accepted to medical school this cycle, Darius said she is open to playing soccer after she graduates from Emory. For now, Darius will look to sign off her Emory career on a high note. After scoring her first goal of the season and the game-winner against Brandeis University (Mass.) on Oct. 14, Darius is on track for a fairytale finish as an Emory Eagle.

Senior midfielder Tyler Walsh scores the Eagles’ lone goal in match against Oglethorpe University (Ga.). Emory fell 2-1 at home to the Stormy Petrels on Oct. 16. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

The Emory men’s soccer team suffered a trio of heartbreaking losses by conceding late goals to New York University (NYU) on Oct. 12, Brandeis University (Mass.) on Oct. 14 and Oglethorpe University (Ga.) on Oct. 16.

The Eagles kicked off the weekend against the NYU Violets, losing 1-0 in a University Athletic Association (UAA) game at Gaelic Park in Riverdale, N.Y.

NYU sophomore forward Maxi Rodriguez knocked in the only goal of the game, capitalizing off a rebound in the 81st minute. Emory sophomore goalkeeper Cole Gallagher made a fantastic save to stave off a shot from NYU freshman forward Oliver Kleban. But Rodriguez was in prime position to score his fourth goal of the season off the post.

Even after the late goal, the Eagles had a number of chances to tie the game. NYU senior goalkeeper Grant Engel made two spectacular saves to deny Emory senior midfielder Tyler Santee from scoring two back-to-back headers, separated by a minute. Junior midfielder William Jones also had a shot from within the box that Engel saved, securing the victory for the Violets.

Senior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Santee eyes the ball in a match against Oglethorpe. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

“We do finishing every day at training,” Head Coach Cory Greiner said. “It’s important especially when you’re in a funk and you’re not struggling to score goals. Forwards and the guys in attacking positions need to see the ball hitting the net on a regular basis.”

The Eagles lost their second game of the weekend 1-0 in the dying moments of the game against the Brandeis Judges at Gordon Field in Waltham, Mass.

Brandeis senior forward Andrew Allen scored the lone goal with 14.5 seconds left in double overtime. Allen also scored off the post on his own rebound after a group of Eagle defenders blocked the initial shot, giving the Judges the win.

Brandeis dominated most of the game with nine more total shots, holding the Eagles to two shots on goal. Although the game ended in defeat, Gallagher impressed during the game with seven saves, tying his previous career-high.

“We all go through our ups and downs,” Gallagher said. “It’s always going to be frustrating when we’re in a patch like this. Right now, all we can do is stick together as a team, as friends, as brothers.

Senior forward and co-captain Moustafa Khattab fights to keep possession against an Oglethorpe defender. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

The Eagles could not stop their losing streak as they lost to Oglethorpe, 2-1, on Oct. 16 at the WoodPEC.

The first half was scoreless and thus mostly uneventful. However, after the break, Oglethorpe found the goal in the 50th minute through freshman midfielder Angel Guevara. Eagle senior midfielder Tyler Walsh equalized eight minutes later off a pass from sophomore midfielder Max Mehlman.

The Stormy Petrels found the game-winner in the 73rd minute when freshman forward Abraham Lopez netted in from the near post.

Sophomore goalkeeper Cole Gallagher sets up a goal kick in a match against Oglethorpe. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

Emory will continue to try to find answers on Oct. 21 in a non-conference game against Berry College (Ga.).  

“We’ve had five games in the last 10 days, so … we’re going to take some time off,” Greiner said. “We’re going to take a couple days to relax, rest, recover, get away from soccer to gear back again for the weekend.”

After a weekend in the Northeast, the Emory women’s soccer team returned with two season-saving results. The Eagles tied 1-1 against New York University (NYU) in a tough conference matchup on Oct. 12 and defeated No. 15 Brandeis University (Mass.), heading into the weekend 2-1.

In their first game of the weekend, senior midfielder Madison Phaneuf scored her fifth goal of the season in the 28th minute, a free-kick right outside of the 18 yard box, to put the Eagles up 1-0.

“I knew that this would be a low-scoring game, so every opportunity mattered for us,” Phaneuf said. “I told myself to stay calm and put the ball out of the keeper’s reach.”

However, the Eagles’ lead did not last, as they conceded a converted penalty kick in the 35th minute from NYU senior midfielder Maddie Pena, tying the game at 1-1.

Late in regulation, NYU had a chance to remain perfect in conference play, but was denied on breakaway by senior goalkeeper Dani Staffin.

“We really talked [prior to overtime] about continuing to do the things we do, but we needed to be more organized to make sure we were not getting counter-attacked,” Head Coach Sue Patberg said.

Even after overtime, the two teams were still locked at 1-1, giving the Eagles a hard-fought draw.

After traveling to Massachusetts from New York on Oct. 13, the Eagles took on the Brandeis Judges on Oct. 14, pushing them from No. 14 to 15 in NCAA Division III rankings.

The Eagles pounced early on two of the Judges’ errors to climb to 2-0 by the 26th minute. Phaneuf netted the first goal, extending her scoring streak to three games, off a penalty kick in the 10th minute.

According to Patberg, the penalty kick was due to “the highline that their defense played, enabling [her] attacking players to get in behind the defense.”

Senior defender Danielle Darius tapped in the second goal in the 26th minute after a long scramble in the box.

However, the Judges did not go down without a fight and ended up putting late pressure on the Eagles after they scored a goal in the 80th minute. Ultimately, Staffin denied the Judges three times in the final 10 minutes to preserve the Eagles’ victory of 2-1.

Staffin received high praise from Patberg after the game.

“[Staffin] played two great games and only really gave up one goal because one goal allowed was off of a penalty kick,” Patberg said.

The Eagles will have their next game on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. against Covenant College (Ga.).  

Sophomore defender Caroline Moore finesses the ball past the Berry College (Ga.) Vikings on Oct. 2. Moore scored the first goal of Emory’s 3-0 shutout in the 30th minute. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

The No. 24 Emory women’s soccer team lost a hard-fought game to the No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) (Mo.), 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 29. The team bounced back against in-state rival Berry College (Ga.), defeating them 3-0 on Oct. 2.

WashU’s senior midfielder Darcy Cunningham scored the game-winning goal in the top corner off a corner kick in the 95th minute, bringing their record to a perfect 10-0. The loss dropped the Eagles to a 6-3 season record.

WashU held a 34-6 advantage in shots and a 15-2 advantage in shots on goal.

Head Coach Sue Patberg said that WashU is a tough opponent each year and that the Eagles anticipated a match with little room for mistakes.

“We just knew that we were going to have to play really fast,” Patberg said. “We knew it’d be a real combative game, a game of transition, and that when we had chances on goal we were going to have to shoot in two touches or less.”

Senior forward Abbe McCarter prepares to rip the ball in a match against Berry. After defeating the Vikings, the Eagles now stand at a 7-3-0 season record. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

Senior goalkeeper Dani Staffin recorded a career high of 13 saves in the loss. The 13 saves were the most by an Emory goalkeeper since Kirsten Baecher (11C, 18M) recorded 12 on Sept. 2, 2009, and tied for ninth most in a game in the program’s history.

Despite the high volume of shots, Staffin credits the defense with helping the team keep WashU at bay.

“We definitely forced them into taking some really stupid shots,” Staffin said. “A lot of shots would sail wide … because we were pressuring them. I did have to make a few saves that were pretty close to the line, but the defense did a really good job of minimizing how good the shot was going to be.”

McCarter hustles the ball under pressure from a Berry defender. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

WashU opened up the scoring with a goal by Cunningham in the 25th minute off a through ball from senior midfielder Jessica Kovach. The Eagles tied the game in the 38th minute thanks to sophomore defender Jordan Fitzgerald’s goal from 22 yards out.

Despite the loss, Patberg applauded the team’s competitiveness and remains optimistic with how the team’s progress.

“We fought like crazy at times, had some very good possession and kept them at their half of their field,” Patberg said. “The [game] definitely shows that we [are getting] better and better and better.”

Sophomore defender Lily Dresner pushes forward against Berry. Dresner headed in the second goal of the match, assisted by senior defender Nikki Batt. Kushal Bafna/Contributing

Indeed, the Eagles are getting better. On Oct. 2, the team blanked Berry Vikings 3-0 at the WoodPEC. Sophomore defender Caroline Moore notched the first goal in the 30th minute. Shortly after, sophomore defender Lily Dresner headed in another goal, assisted by senior defender Nikki Batt. Sophomore midfielder Samantha Hilsee clinched the game capitalizing off an end line pass in the 63rd minute.

Emory will return to conference play on Oct. 6 when they take on No. 3 University of Chicago at home.