ATLANTA - The Sewanee women's soccer team started the season with a test in Emory, who finished 14-5-1 last season and reached the second round of the 2018 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. The Tigers played to extra time with the Eagles, but a 92nd minute penalty kick goal sealed the contest, 2-1, in overtime on Friday night from the Woodruff P.E. Center.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Emory (1-0) 2, Sewanee (0-1) 1
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-Despite a scoreless first half, the Eagles controlled possession for most of the first 45 minutes, taking 12 shots and allowed the visitors to just one shot in the sixth minute.
-Emory continued to control the ball in the second half, and in the 56th minute, the home team struck first off a Natalie Klar goal.
-Sewanee's third shot of the match came off a corner kick nearly 10 minutes later. After Kiera Giacomini took the corner, it sailed into the net for the equalizing goal.
-Outshooting Sewanee 34-5 for the match, the teams could not settle the score after 90 minutes.
-1:14 into the first extra period, after Emory intercepted the ball from a Sewanee free kick in the backfield, Giacomini was charged with a red card for pushing an Emory player in the box on a shot attempt.
-Samantha Hilsee was given the opportunity to net the game-winner on a penalty kick. She laced the ball past Hanna Judycki on the right side to seal the season-opening victory.
-Emory is receiving votes in the preseason coaches poll by the United Soccer Coaches association.
SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Kiera Giacomini scored the lone goal for Sewanee on her lone shot.
-Hanna Judycki (0-1) recorded seven saves in the box for Sewanee.
EMORY KEY STATISTICS
-Caroline Kolski had eight total shots, two on goal, to lead Emory.
-Samantha Hilsee and Natalie Klar each scored for the home team.
-Haley Pratt (1-0) saved three shots in 91-plus minutes.
The Tigers will open the home schedule with a two-match homestand next week, beginning with Covenant on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. from Puett Field.