Emory University junior David Garofalo assisted on the only goal of the game, and later made a game-saving defensive play in the second half, leading the Eagles to a 1-0 win over Oglethorpe University on Wednesday at the Woodruff P.E. Center.
Emory took the lead in the 19th minute of play, on a goal set up by Garofalo. The defender took possession of the ball on the Eagles half of the field, sending a long pass down the far sideline to freshman Zachary Rosenberg. Rosenberg was able to catch up to the ball, driving into the box and passing back to Garofalo, who launched a perfect centering pass for sophomore Andrew Jones in front of the net. In mid-air, Jones knocked the ball in with his leg, scoring his team-leading third goal of the season.
Emory controlled possession for the majority of the half, but were plagued by over-aggressiveness throughout the frame, as the team was called offsides on eight occasions in the first 45 minutes.
The Eagles were able to avert two major scoring threats from Oglethorpe in the second half. At the 61-minute mark, Oglethorpe's Sean King took a shot that hit off the far post. On the rebound, Ben Robertson launched a shot that was destined for the back of the net, but Garofalo saved the day saved the day by heading the ball off the line.
Five minutes later, the Stormy Petrels threated again, but Emory goalkeeper Alex Wong made a point-blank save on a shot from Dustin Hoeppner to preserve the Eagles' 1-0 lead.
Wong finished the game with five saves, en route to the first shutout of the season by an Emory keeper. He improved to 2-0-0 on the season, and has not allowed a goal in 135 minutes played.
The Eagles finished the game with a 15-10 advantage in total shots, although Oglethorpe edged Emory in shots on goal, 6-4.
The win was the second-straight for the Eagles, who improved to 2-3-0 in the season with the win. Oglethorpe dropped to 3-2-0 in 2011 with the loss.
The Eagles will return to action on Friday at 7:00 PM, hosting Virginia Wesleyan College in the fourth game of a season-long six game home stand.
Jones' goal was his third in the last two Emory games… Rosenberg earned his third assist in the last two games, all of which have come on Jones goals… It was the first assist of the year for Garofalo… The Eagles improved to 2-1-0 at home this season with the victory… Emory outshot Oglethorpe 9-3 in the first half, including a 3-2 edge in shots on goal… The game marked the first time through five contests this year that the Eagles have not taken more shots on goal than their opponents… The six Emory saves in the game (five by Wong and the team save from Garofalo) are one more than the Eagles had through the first four games of the year.