UR men keep hopes alive with tie

Courtesy of UofRathletics.com

The University of Rochester stayed in the hunt for a possible bid to the NCAA Division III men’s soccer playoffs after dueling Emory University to a 0-0 double-overtime tie at Edwin Fauver Stadium on Saturday.

The tie gives UR a final regular season record of 12-2-2, 3-2-2 in the UAA. The Yellowjackets tied with Washington University on points (each had 11). UR and Washington did tie, 2-2, in the regular season. Emory finished up at 9-7-2, 0-6-1 in the UAA.

Rochester had a commanding 16-4 edge in shots (6-2 in shots on goal), but couldn’t get the one necessary touch or mis-direction to put the ball in the net. Emory goalkeeper Cole Gallagher made five saves and his defense stopped one on the goalline.  Four minutes into the second half, UR’s Josh Cooley broke through after a multi-player passing combination. He fired in a crowded goalmouth with Gallagher not close to the ball but Josh Berman cleared it off the line.

Mitch Volis was stopped a couple of times early by Emory, once on a save by Gallagher six yards from goal and a second time when the defense blocked his close range shot.

Patrice Douge countered down the left wing in the first period, sent a well-struck cross into the goalmouth, but Aidan Miller couldn’t get a head onto it.

At the other end of the field, UR goalie Patrick Conway (two saves) made two interceptions late in the first half. Emory raced down the wings and sent low balls into the goalmouth, but Conway was able to crouch, collect, and cover up before re-distributing the ball.

The Eagles did have chances. With 18 minutes left, the ball came to Nate Sampson deep in the box, but Rochester’s Lucas Loescher was able to clear it away.

As the clock ticked down, Emory’s counterattack loomed as a bigger and bigger threat. The visitors did a solid job through the match of stringing a line of four blue shirts across the top of the penalty area and knocking away what came their way. With 11 minutes to go, the blueshirts broke out in a quick counter. The ball was played right to left, finding Jun Tsuru on left wing, 20 yards from goal. His shot from that distance cracked against the crossbar and bounced over for corner kick.

It was Senior Day on the River Campus with the Yellowjackets honoring their nine seniors in pre-game ceremonies: Lasha AlkhazishviliNik AngyalRyan Aspenleiter (Pittsford Mendon), Patrice DougeMilan FatschelAlec HayBryce Ikeda, and Lucas Loescher. They also honored senior student manager  Sarely Licona.

The NCAA Division III playoff field will be announced on Monday at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.

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