ATLANTA, GA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team fell on the road to non-conference opponent Emory University 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Woodruff PE Center.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens open up the season 0-1 on the year.
Pomona-Pitzer had eight shots throughout the game with four on goal to go along with five total corners. Sophomore Jonathan Rushton got the start in goal and tallied four saves but came out with the loss.
The Eagles got some chances around the 20-minute mark with a few balls finding their way into the box, but successfully defend by the Sagehens' back line. Pomona-Pitzer gave Emory a good scoring chance with a free kick just outside the box in the 26th minute. The Eagles were able to put a nice ball on frame but Rushton was able to come up with a nice diving save to keep the match level at 0-0.
The Eagles came away with a few more chances with around eight minutes left in the first half. Emory had a shot go wide inside the box and then the Eagles earned a corner that bounced around inside the box, but cleared by the Sagehen defense. The Eagles had one more chance a few minutes later but another diving save by Rushton kept Emory off of the board.
The Sagehen offense had a few chances to create goal scoring opportunities in the first half with four total shot but no targets on goal as the two teams went into halftime even at 0-0.
The Sagehens' offense started to find more opportunities on target in the second half with four shots on goal, but could not crack the Eagles' defense with a goal.
The difference in the match came in the 76th minute as the Eagles got the game-winning goal after playing the ball down the right side of the field and a low cross found its way through the box and put past the keeper to give Emory a 1-0 advantage late in the game.
After taking the lead, the Eagles seemed content with the one-goal advantage and parked the bus on the Sagehens making it difficult for the Sagehens to find additional scoring chances.
Pomona-Pitzer had a look in the 89th minute of the match as they earned a free kick but the Emory keeper was able to come out and high point the attempted cross to squander any chance of an equalizer for the Sagehens.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take on Oglethorpe on Sunday, September 1st at 1:30 p.m.