Maryville College followed a stellar performance in net by Ryan Jorgensen, as the senior keeper turned away five shots in helping the Scots to a 1-1 tie with No. 24 Emory University on Tuesday night.
Jorgensen had a pair of saves in the two overtime periods to keep Maryville even with the nationally ranked squad, after Milan Card's goal in the 79th minute knotted things to force the double-overtime standoff.
Tuesday's tie marks the first of its kind between Maryville and Emory since the series began in 1985 and now spans 27 matches.
Emory got on the board very early, as they found a goal just 1:15 into the match. Maryville controlled a steal on the Eagles' end of the field, as the Scots attempted to clear it to the center just outside the box. Patrick McCann stole the slow-kicked ball, finding no defenders in front of him. McCann went one-on-one with Ryan Jorgensen from 18 yards, lofting a high kick into the upper right of the net for a 1-nil lead.
That's where the score would remain at the half, as the No. 24 squad led the Scots, 6-5, in shots. Emory had a pair of shots on goal, while Maryville added one. A trio of offside penalties would keep MC at bay in the opening 45, however.
For Emory, McCann had a goal on one shot in the opening half, as Corey Levine added the Eagles' other shot on goal. Keegan McCombie had a pair of shots in the first half.
Maryville would have a key opportunity in the 61st minute of action. A high cross from midfield found Bret Thomas in the top of the box. Thomas one-touched back to the middle, beating his defender to go one-on-one with Emory keeper Trevor Stormes. Stormes fell, deflecting the ball, as he was able to corral it on the ground to keep MC off the board.
Maryville would make good on their second key attempt of the half, however, as the Scots knotted it at 1-all in the 79th minute. Cole Hilton pitched a pass forward from midfield to find Card on the left side. Card dribbled a trio of times to 20 yards, before blasting a right-footed attempt at the left corner of the box. Card's shot – which slipped between a trio of defenders – caught Stormes off guard, as it sailed into the upper right corner of the net.
The late goal would send it to overtime, despite Maryville being outshot, 9-4, in the second half.
Charlie Scruton gave the Eagles a huge opportunity in the 96th minute. Jun Tsuru drove the right side, glancing a pass to the middle where Scuton collected it from 10 yards out. Jorgensen held strong in the net, catching it in the breadbasket to keep the match alive for the second overtime period, 1-1.
In the 101st minute, Emory would try again. Tsuru lofted a hard-hit shot from 35 yards out in front of the box, as Jorgensen again came up with a two-handed, high grab for the save.
In the final two minutes, Emory found a pair of close chances out in front of the goal, but found nobody home. Maryville's defense held in front of the net, as they tied the No. 24 Eagles, 1-1.
The Scots had 12 shots to 22 from Emory on the evening, as the Eagles tallied six shots on goal. Maryville had a trio of shots on goal, with Card collecting his third score of the year.
Maryville (6-3-1) followed Card's performance, as Hinton added the assist. Thomas had a pair of shots with one on goal, while John Nesbit, Jace Burchfiel and Clothier posted two shots. Bralen Clouse, Gavin Dougherty and Fernandez each had one shot, as Fernandez found frame for Maryville third shot on goal.
Jorgensen had 110 minutes in net, as the senior allowed just one goal in six shots.
No. 24 Emory University (8-2-1) saw McCan tally two shots – each on frame – as he score the lone goal for the Eagles. Josh Berman and Tsuru had three shots each, as Tsuru had one shot on goal. In all, seven Eagles tallied two shots or more.
Maryville will return to USA South play this weekend, as the Scots take to the road, weather permitting. MC travels to Huntingdon College on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST first touch, before taking on LaGrange College on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.