The Emory University Eagles provided the first setback of the season for the Maryville College men's soccer team with a 1-0 road victory over the Scots.
The two South Region powerhouse programs went to the half tied at nil. The Eagle offense provided a consistent set of attacks out-shooting the Scots 10-2 before intermission. Emory placed four shots on goal to only one for MC before the break.
Strong first-half defensive efforts were displayed by Maryville's Nate Long, Kyle Benett, Ian Schomer, and Cole Hilton. MC keeper Ryan Jorgensen turned away each of Emory's four shots on goal in the first half.
Maryville's strongest offensive attack came in the second period. With 18:25 remaining in the match, Milan Card blasted an attempt off the top crossbar just out of the reach of Eagle keeper Cole Gallagher.
With just over 12 minutes left in regulation, the Eagles' attack kept the pressure on the Scots' defense. A crossing pass from Moustafa Khattab would find its way to the middle of the box. Maryville's Cole Hilton deflected the cross away from the box preserving the 0-0 score.
Emory would deposit the eventual game-winning goal in the 81st minute. Khattab, who had numerous touches for the Eagles on the evening, dribbled down the left side breaking free. He would cross the ball to the middle of the box, finding Jason McCartney. McCartney would use a spin move around his defender, placing his fourth goal of the season into the lower left of the net with 9:18 remaining.
Emory finished with 15 shots during the challenge while Maryville directed nine attempts.
Cole Gallagher (3-1) earned the victory in net for the Eagles with four saves. MC's Ryan Jorgensen suffered his first defeat of the season (6-1) as the keeper recorded seven saves.
The victory lifts Emory to 5-2 on the season as Maryville falls to 6-1.
Maryville will now prepare for a mid-week USA South match at Berea College on September 27th.