Courtesy of UofRathletics.com
ATLANTA – For now, they sit and wait. Rochester finished off a strong run at the end of the season with a 1-1 double overtime tie at Emory University. It gives the Yellowjackets an overall mark of 11 wins, five losses, and one tie. In the UAA, UR ended 3-3-1. Emory is 9-5-4, 2-2-3 in the UAA.
Both teams, along with several UAA institutions, will wait to see what the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Advisory Committee recommends in regard to post-season play. In the most recent set of NCAA Regional Rankings, Rochester was third in the East Region behind RPI and Ithaca. RPI is hosting the semifinals of the Liberty League championships. Ithaca was knocked out in the first round.
Rochester is seeking its fourth consecutive NCAA playoff bid. Two years ago, the Yellowjackets advanced to the Elite 8 round of the tournament. Last season, Rochester advanced to the Final Four – the first such appearance in the program’s history.
UR opened the season with two losses. The Yellowjackets ran off seven straight victories – six by shutout (which is a school record). They lost their first three UAA games: 1-0 at Washington-St. Louis, 0-2 to eventual UAA champion Chicago (at the Brian Prince Athletic Complex), and 0-2 at Carnegie Mellon. The win spurt started on October 20 in Cleveland when Mouhammed Chiam headed in a corner kick in the 90th minute to defeat Case Western Reserve. A 1-0 win over Endicott College followed. In the last home weekend, Rochester defeated NYU, 5-1, then edged Brandeis, 2-1. The tie at Emory followed.
Emory took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when Alejandro Gomez sent in a high cross and Jun Tsuru was able to head it past Hugh Curran for the lead.
Rochester drew even in the 62nd minute. A chip on right wing meant for Tony Hypsher was disrupted by an Emory defender. The ball fell to the foot of Josh Cooley, just outside the box and to the right of the penalty arc. Cooley spun quickly and lined the ball into the lower left corner beyond the reach of Max Carlson.
Emory had a chance to break the tie with 18 minutes left, but Corey Levin headed it just over the crossbar. When the clock approaching 11 minutes to go, Rochester’s James Barata had a shot from the right side of the box that got under the dive of Carlson. As the ball rolled towards the open net, defender William Jones was able to clear the ball off the line.
Nate Sampson of Emory hit the crossbar with a free kick just as the first overtime period started. Rochester’s best opportunity in extra time came from Hypsher. He avoided the defenders and raced into the box as Carlson ran out. The Emory goalkeeper was able to kick it away from him before a shot could be taken. Carlson finished with six saves and Curran had four in goal for Rochester.
The NCAA will announce its tournament selections on Monday afternoon at www.ncaa.com.