Men's soccer challenges No. 6 Emory but falls, 2-0

Men's soccer challenges No. 6 Emory but falls, 2-0

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Brandeis men's soccer team kept sixth-ranked Emory off the board in the first half, the Eagles were able to break through twice after intermission to earn a 2-0 University Athletic Association win and remain unbeaten on the year. The Eagles improve to 15-0 overall, 5-0 in the UAA, while the Judges fall to 8-7-2, 0-3-2 UAA.

Emory outshot Brandeis, 8-2, in the first half, but Judges sophomore netminder Matt Lynch (Weymouth, Mass.) made six of his nine saves to keep the contest scoreless. The Judges' best opportunity was a shot by junior midfielder Corey Bradley (Holyoke, Mass.), but Emory senior Jonathan Laycock (London, England) made the stop.The Eagles owned an 8-2 shot advantage in the first half and a 6-1 corner kick edge, with four of those coming in a two-minute stretch late in the session.

The Eagles finally broke through in the 53rd minute. Senior Patrick Carver (Springfield, Mo.) made a nice drive to the end line, drawing the Lynch off his line. Carver fed rookie Ben Schlang (Cooper City, Fla.), who converted his ninth goal of the season. The Eagles had a chance to make ity 2-0 in the 62nd minute when Brandeis was called for a hand-ball in the box. EU senior Marc Del Marmol's (Longwood, Fla.) shot to his right was anticipated by Lynch, who made the save and was able to keep the ball away from the rest of the attacking Emory crew. Del Marmol was able to add an insurance tally in the 86th minute, when he knocked home a nice free kick from senior Joey Howie (Savannah, Ga.), negating the momentum that Brandeis had taken from Lynch's stop.

Lynch tied a career high with eight saves in the losing effort. Laycock, ranked No. 4 in the nation in goals-against average earned the shutout with two stops, one in each half.

Brandeis closes out its home regular season slate on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. with a UAA showdown against Carnegie Mellon University.