Courtesy of UofRathletics.com
ATLANTA, GA – The University of Rochester women’s soccer team completed its regular season on Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Emory University at the Woodruff P.E. Center.
Sophomore Carolyn Richards scored Rochester’s goal early in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the host Eagles (13-4, 5-2 UAA), rallied with two goals two minutes apart later in the contest, edging out the win. The loss moves UR’s record to 9-6-2 and 1-5-1 in UAA play.
The host Eagles showed their strength throughout the contest, holding a 29-4 shot advantage, but only ended up getting seven attempts on goal thanks to some strong Yellowjacket defense. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Schechter finished with five saves for the Yellowjackets.
Although Emory held UR without a shot in the first half, UR was able to generate some offensive pressure courtesy of Richards, Madison Drenowatz, Cesca Sheppard and Jorie Frietag along the front line. UR earned a corner kick, the first of the game by either team, in the ninth minute, but a foul shortly after by the Yellowjackets negated any scoring chance.
Late in the half, UR countered an Emory attack, leading to another corner, but UR couldn’t get a solid attempt off as time was running out in the period.
To open the second half, Richards got the scoring started when she lifted a far shot from the right side which had perfect placement and sailed over the outstretched arms of Haley Pratt in the Emory goal for her eighth tally of the season.
Liz Mastoloni fired a shot less than three minutes later looking to put UR up 2-0, but her shot sailed wide.
Emory scored the equalizer in the 69th minute. After a shot by Shivani Beall was blocked, Caroline Kolski followed up by hitting the crossbar on her attempt. The second shot caromed back to Aubrey Blanchard who deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Two minutes later, the hosts had a 2-1 lead. The eventual winning goal was scored when Peyton Robertson headed in a corner kick from teammate Arielle Williamson.
Down the stretch, UR could only muster one more shot attempt, this one from Freitag in the 72nd minute, but her shot finished wide of the target.