Feldman sinks pair of goals to lead Emory into quarterfinals
PITTSBURGH -- Emory sophomore Emily Feldman scored a pair of first half goals on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa., to guide the 16th-ranked Eagles to a 2-1 win against 19th-ranked Loras and the team's second berth into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals.
After a back-and-forth start to the game, Feldman would break through for the Eagles late in the first half. In the 39th minute, the sophomore intercepted a clearing attempt by a defender and streaked down the far side of the field, getting behind Loras' last line of defense, and sent a low shot past the Duhawks' keeper and into the right corner of the net for a goal.
Just a minute later, Feldman struck again for Emory. Sophomore Meredith Doherty was able to settle down a throw-in from Lauren Drosick in the attacking zone, lobbing the ball across the box, where senior Lee Bachouros was able to head it to Feldman. She was able to strike it to inside the near post and into the goal to boost the Eagles' lead to 2-0 heading into halftime.
Feldman is now second among all Eagles with seven goals this season, three of which have come during tournament play to lead all Emory players. She became the fourth Emory player all-time to score multiple goals in an NCAA tournament game, joining former Eagle Alexa Wahr (2008 against St. Mary's) and current teammates Kelly Costopoulos (2010 against Maryville) and Merrill Bachouros (2011 against Piedmont).
Meanwhile, the Eagles defense would hold Loras without a shot for a 60-minute stretch, starting at the 14:01 mark. However, when the Duhawks were able to get their next shot off, they would make it count, as Ailish Rispin picked up her sixth goal of the season on a high shot past Emory goalkeeper Kaele Leonard in the 75th minute.
From that point forward, the Eagles defense locked down on the Duhawks, allowing just one more shot for the remainder of the game, that Leonard was able to convert for a save. Emory limited Loras, which entered the game ranked 49th in Division III with 2.74 goals per game, to just four shots total in the contest.