Romero leads Emory scorers this season.
Emory Athletics

DANVILLE, Ky. -- Emory opened up NCAA Division III Championship play on Saturday with a 2-0 victory against DePauw in first round action.

The shutout was Emory's 12th of the season, and the team's fourth in the last five games.

Emory struck early in the game, getting on the board in the 25th minute. Junior Veronica Romero sent a long shot from the far side of the field in between the DePauw defense and past the Tigers' keeper for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Romero now leads all Emory scorers this season with 20 points.

Emory's offense finished the first half of play with 17 shots, including six shots on goal. Meanwhile the Eagles' defense held DePauw to no shots in the frame.

The Eagles' added to their lead early in the second half, taking advantage of a corner kick in the 48th minute. The kick, taken by senior Lee Bachouros, was headed inside the box by junior Lauren Gorodetsky to sophomore Emily Feldman. She was able to send a shot into the back of the net for the goal, extending Emory's advantage to 2-0.  It was Feldman's fifth goal of the season.

From that point forward, the Eagles' defense would take over, limiting the Tigers to just four shots the rest of the way, with senior goalkeeper Kaele Leonard saving all three attempts on goal. Emory controlled possession throughout the game, finishing the contest with 29 shots and 16 shots on goal.

Romero and Feldman each finished with a game-high four shots, while Feldman and Kaelyn Lucas led all Eagles with three shots on goal. Starting goalkeeper Erica Stein earned the victory in goal, improving to 7-0-1 this season.

Emory, now 12-1-6 this season, will advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships to take on host school Centre, which stands at 20-1-0 for the year. DePauw's season came to a close with a 7-11-1 record.

The Eagles have now won at least one tournament game in each of their last nine trips to the NCAA Championship, and advanced each of the last 10 times they have been selected to the field. The program is now 11-11-4 all-time in NCAA tournament play, including an 8-5-1 record under Head Coach Sue Patberg.

All four University Athletic Association (UAA) women's soccer teams (Emory, Washington University, Carnegie Mellon and Brandeis) advanced with first-round victories on Saturday.