The men's soccer team was narrowly defeated by Emory University on Wednesday night in Decatur, Ga., 1-0. The Eagles used some nifty passing to tally a strike in the game's 19th minute and then held on down the stretch as Oglethorpe peppered the Emory goal and were unlucky to not score equalizer.
The Eagles outshot the Petrels 15-10 but Oglethorpe guided 6 of their shots on goal while only 4 of Emory's shots were on target. The Petrels particularly put the Eagles' keeper to work in the second half, guiding 4 shots on goal that were each saved to stave off Oglethorpe's attempt to level the contest.
The Petrels had two prime scoring chances in the second half but Lady Luck was not on their side. At the 61-minute mark, Sean King's shot ricocheted off the far post to the foot of Ben Robertson. Robertson's rebound blast was headed for the back of the net before an Emory defender managed to head the ball out off the back line to preserve the lead.
Moments later, Dustin Hoeppner shook free for the Petrels and had a one-on-one opportunity with Emory's keeper, who was up to the challenge in making the difficult save.
"For whatever reason we started slow in the 1st half but we really picked up the tempo in the second and controlled the game," said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin. "We have to learn from tonight. Emory is a good team and when you don't put your chances away you end up on the losing end of a lot of 1-0 matches. I was proud of the fight we showed in the second half, but we have to show that same intensity for 90 minutes."
Oglethorpe is now 3-2 on the season and will travel to face Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.