SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Competing in its first NCAA semifinals, Emory upset last year's runner-up Wheaton (Ill.) 2-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at Blossom Soccer Stadium to advance to the national championship game.

Emory (15-1-7) will face the winner of defending champion Messiah and Misericordia on Saturday.

"We have a lot of confidence because of a hard schedule we played," head coach Sue Patberg said. "We are a pretty good defensive team. We have a good mix of athleticism and a possession style of play. We will defend like our life depends on it, and we're not afraid to take chances on attacking."

The game started as a 0-0 first-half battle. Emory exploded for two second-half goals in a 56-second span. Emily Feldman opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 64th minute of play. Lauren Gorodetsky followed by netting a 35-yard free kick for a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute.

"I was shocked that it went in," Gorodetsky said. "I stood, mesmerized, until it sunk in. It feels amazing to be playing in the final. It's something we've worked on for the past three years. We've been knocking on the door every single year, and we finally made it."

Wheaton answered with a goal of its own in the 67th minute on a header by Anna Seabolt. Alexa Sharkey provided the assist.

The Thunder led 17-9 in total shots, and 9-6 on goal. Emory goalkeepers Erica Stein and Kaele Leonard combined for seven saves, while Wheaton's Hilary Barreto registered four.