DANBURY, Ky. — Emory utilized a goal in each half and some strong goalkeeping to hand Centre a 2-0 loss on their home field on Sunday and advance to the round of 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Eagles, now 13-1-6 for the season, will face Loras (19-4-0) in the third round of the tournament next weekend.
The Eagles grabbed the early lead in the contest, courtesy of a corner kick by sophomore Charlotte Butker. Junior Greta Jochmann took the corner kick for the Eagles in the 17th minute, placing it on the near post, where Butker took an initial shot. Although her first attempted on goal was knocked away by Centre goalkeeper Megan Foley, Butker was able to follow-up with a second shot, sending it past the keeper for her fifth goal of the season.
Just moments later, it was play of Emory senior goalkeeper Erica Stein that allowed the Eagles to keep their lead. After a free kick, Stein made save on back-to-back shot attempts by the Colonels, including one on the second attempt.
Stein would finish the first half with six saves, a career-best mark for the netminder. Emory and Centre ended the first 45 minutes even with six shots on goal apiece, with the Colonels holding a slight edge in total shots 8-7.
Stein would give way to senior Kaele Leonard in the second half, who made three saves within a minute stretch, keeping the Eagles’ lead at 1-0.
Emory added onto its advantage in the 63rd minute, again with the help of a corner kick. The corner, taken by Butker, was cleared out of the 18-yard box by the Centre defense, but went to an open Kelly Costopoulos, who sent a shot over the keeper’s reach and into the far corner of the net for her eighth goal of the season, tying Veronica Romero for the team lead.
Leonard finished the game with four saves of her own to preserve the shutout and close out the Colonels. Both teams finished the contest even with 14 shots and 10 shots on goal apiece. Emory’s defense recorded its 13th shutout of the season and fifth in the last six games.
Centre closed out the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 21-1-0.