The Emory University Women's Soccer team continues its three-game homestand this Saturday as the Eagles host No. 18/5 ranked University of Chicago beginning at 1:30 PM EST at the Woodruff PE Center.
Emory sits one game behind first in the UAA standings after falling to top-ranked Washington, 2-1 in overtime, last Saturday while Chicago is in a four-way tie for first after beating Rochester, 3-0, at home. NYU opposes Case Western Reserve and Brandeis travels to Carnegie Mellon in other UAA matches Saturday afternoon while WashU takes on Rochester on Sunday.
Fresh off its 3-0 win over Berry College Tuesday night, the Eagles carry a 7-3 record in Saturday's match and have won four out of their last five games. Eight different Eagles have scored two or more goals on the season, led by senior Abbe McCarter, junior Shivani Beall, sophomore Samantha Hilsee who all have scored a team-best four markers. McCarter and Beall also pace the team in assists with three along with sophomore Caroline Moore. Emory ranks inside the top-50 nationally in several statistical categories: goals against average (43rd, 0.597), goals (46th, 29), total points (48th, 78), assists per game (49th, 2.0), total assists (49th, 20) and right outside the top-50 in points per game (52nd, 7.8) and scoring offense (53rd, 2.9).
A loss to #22 Wheaton on September 25th dropped the Maroons from #3 to #18 in the United Soccer Coaches poll but Chicago (9-1-1) still owns an impressive 31-3-1 record since the start of the 2017 season. The 2017 NCAA Runner-Ups are led on the offensive end by a trio of double-digit scorers Jenna McKinney, Hanna Watkins and Nicole Willing. The trio has combined for 18 of the team's 34 goals, highlighted by McKinney's team-high eight tallies. The Maroons have let up just nine goals through 11 games with starting GK Miranda Malone allowing six goals to go along with a .700 save percentage. Chicago is led by long-time Head Coach Amy Reifert, who has amassed a 362-131-48 record in her 29 seasons.
Emory leads the all-time series 17-12-3 but the Maroons were winners at home last October, defeating the Eagles 4-0.