The Oglethorpe men's soccer team continued their good start to the season Wednesday evening, defeating crosstown-rival Emory on its home turf, 3-1.
Emory enjoyed the run of play in the first half, outshooting the Petrels 14-3 during the period, but that didn't last long in the second. Seventeen seconds into the half, a long pass downfield found the feet of Petrels midfielder Nick Muntean around 20 yards from goal. He slid a pass to midfielder Carlos Gaston, who put the ball past the Emory goalkeeper from about 10 yards out to give Oglethorpe the 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to energize the Petrels. They would score twice more to go up 3-0 by the 60th minute. The first of these tallies came in the 55th minute when forward Nick Williamson rebounded his own shot off the crossbar and hammered home the Petrels' second goal of the game. Then in the 58th, the Eagles conceded a penalty kick. Forward Jakub Madej calmly converted the opportunity to give Oglethorpe the commanding three-goal lead with 30 minutes to play.
Emory got a goal back in the 65th minute, but the Petrels were able to hang on from there for the 3-1 win. With the torrid first half, Emory outshot the Petrels 24-11 for the game. They also enjoyed seven corner kicks to Oglethorpe's three. Petrels goalkeeper Frank Petersen came up big with 10 saves.
The Petrels improve to 4-1 on the season with the win. They will next be in action on Tuesday, when they will take on Piedmont in their home opener. The game is scheduled to kick off a 5 p.m.