Ahmed scores 2OT goal, NYU hands No. 1 Emory first loss in two years
RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Erin Ahmed's goal in the 109th minute lifted NYU to a 1-0 double-overtime victory against top-ranked Emory on Sunday.
The Violets (10-6-1, 2-3-1) handed the No. 1 Eagles (11-1-5, 3-1-2) their first loss of the season. The defeat was Emory's first regular-season loss in more than two years.
The victory against the Eagles was the Violets' first win versus Emory in 18 tries. NYU moved up to fifth place in the University Athletic Association standings with one game left to go on the schedule. Emory falls to third and No. 5 Washington (Mo.) clinched the UAA Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Ahmed's game-winning goal came on a counter with just 1:28 left in the second overtime period. Leslie Smith fed a pass to Ahmed in the middle of the field, and Ahmed placed a left-footed shot to the far post.
The Violets nearly scored just 14 minutes into the game, when Cami Crawford made a long run at goal on a counter and chipped a shot over the charging keeper and off the crossbar.
NYU had another chance in the 60th minute, when Serra Tumay played a pass forward to Claire Shanahan in the box. Emory goalkeeper Kaele Leonard made a diving stop.
Despite facing a total of 31 shots, the Violet defense kept the Eagles off the board. Meg Patten made eight saves in goal to record the shutout, while defender Madeline Clappin contributed a defensive save on goal midway through the second OT.
NYU was outshot 31-12, but tied Emory with eight shots on goal.
“I am so proud of the effort the team put into our performance,” head coach Michele Canning said. “I give the players a tremendous amount of credit for their hard work, determination and ability to stick to the plan for the game. It was a solid win against a great team.”