Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 30, 2017 – The No. 16-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss to Emory University in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener for both teams Saturday in Atlanta.
Emory won its fifth-straight game to improve to 7-2, 1-0 in the UAA, while WashU suffered its first loss of the season and dropped to 6-1-1, 0-1 in the UAA. The Bears also had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped dating back to last season.
Emory had a 9-5 shot advantage in the first half, but it was WashU who had the first scoring in the 16th minute after junior Kyle Perez' penalty kick went off the post. The Eagles broke through in the 23rd minute after Aidan Datene headed in a corner kick from Moustafa Khattab.
It took WashU less than five minutes to tie the game in the second half after senior Chris Rieger connected on a penalty kick at 49:05. Emory's George Daoud was given a yellow card on the play.
The Bears nearly took the lead in the 60th minute after junior Marc VandenBerg drilled a shot off the crossbar. Emory took the lead for good in the 66th minute after Michael Carragher blasted home a shot from eight yards out.
Emory outshot WashU 12-8 and had an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Senior goalkeeper Colin McCune (6-1-1) made three saves and picked up his first loss of the season.
WashU steps out of conference play to take on Oglethorpe University (6-2-1) on Monday at Noon (ET) in Atlanta.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Emory, 12-11-9, but the Eagles have won four-straight matches … The Bears allowed their first goal in the second half this season … WashU has not won a conference opener since 2011.