The Emory University Men's Soccer team earned a much needed win to add to its NCAA tournament resume on Saturday afternoon as the Eagles knocked off the University of Rochester, 3-2, in overtime at the Woodruff PE Center in Atlanta.
Emory finishes the regular season at 12-5-1 and 4-2-1 in UAA play while the Yellowjackets see their six-match unbeaten streak snapped to conclude the 2017 campaign at 11-3-3 and 4-2-1 in conference action. The Eagles now await to hear their NCAA tournament fate as teams will be announced Monday afternoon with the NCAA Division III selection show, beginning at 1:30 PM and can be seen live on NCAA.com. Emory last qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2014.
Senior Christian Meyer supplied the theatrics, scoring the golden goal 4:28 minutes into the first overtime period. Following a failed clear attempt by a Rochester defender, junior Tyler Santee dished the loose ball to Meyer who made a move to get around a defender before blistering a shot to the top right corner for the game-winner.
Rochester led off the scoring, firing the opening salvo at the 8:44 mark in the first half. Nik Angyal fired a shot through traffic that was saved by freshman Cole Gallagher. However, the rebound went to Bryce Ikeda, who directed it into the net.
The Yellowjackets maintained the 1-0 advantage until the 68th minute when junior Moustafa Khattab evened the score with his seventh marker of the season. Senior Jason McCartney slipped a pass in traffic to Khattab, who dribbled through the defenders before firing a shot past Rochester goalkeeper Redd Brown.
UofR answered almost instantly, taking the lead on an Angyal tally 50 seconds later. He moved around a defender and shot from the top of the box to just inside the near post to put Rochester in front, 2-1.
Santee found the equalizer with just under nine minutes left in regulation. Santee put a header on frame but was denied by Brown. The rebound, though, went straight back to Santee who converted the tying goal.