The Emory women’s soccer team defeated Rochester University (N.Y.) 2-1 on Nov. 9 after celebrating the accomplishments of their five graduating players on senior day.

Before the game, the team commemorated forward Shivani Beall, midfielder Morgan Brandewie, forward Caroline Kolski, goalkeeper Haley Pratt and defender Paige Santee for their hard work and determination over the past four years. Each player received a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo of this year’s team. 

Despite 14 total shots, the first half ended with Emory and Rochestor in a scoreless tie. Rochester forward Carolyn Richard scored the game’s first goal in the 46th minute. Undeterred, the Eagles kept shooting, recording 15 more shots in the second half. Freshman forward Aubrey Blanchard shot past Rochester goalkeeper Emma Schechter after a previous hit off the top of the goal and tied the score in the 69th minute.

Blanchard was thrilled about scoring the first goal, especially due to the significance it carried for her fellow senior players.

“[Kolski] had a really great shot that went off the crossbar and I’m happy that I could finish it for her,” noted Blanchard. “I think she really deserved to get that win as all of the other seniors did.”

Following shortly after that goal, freshman defender Peyton Robertson scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Arielle Williamson.

The combination of the senior day festivities and the team’s win made the day extremely special according to Pratt.

“It was an absolutely perfect start to another victorious day,” commented Pratt. 

This triumph continued Emory’s winning streak to six and placed  the team second in the University Athletic Association with their 13-4 season score.Thanks to their season performance, the women’s soccer team will compete in the NCAA Division III bracket. Their first match will be against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College (Calif.) on Nov. 15th.