The men’s soccer team hosted Emory University in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, November 8th. The Maroons were an all-time 2-2 against Emory University going into the game with their last win coming last season in the Maroon Invitational.
The Maroons won their position in the NCAA tournament by going 10-1-1 in the last 12 games. Their most recent win came on Sunday when they won the ODAC Championship game against Virginia Wesleyan in double overtime.
The game on Sunday against the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins was a nail-biter that went up to the last minute of double overtime. The game opened quickly with both teams trying to get an early lead, but everything was being stopped by amazing defense. The Marlins racked up 6 shots throughout the game, most of which coming in regulation.
The Marlins almost took a 1-0 lead when a shot got past goalkeeper Cole Sinclair and was crossing the goal line when a Maroon defender made an acrobatic save kicking it out and into midfield.
The rest of the game had close calls but was heavily dominated by defense until the final minute of the contest when AJ Tierce scored the game winning header with an assist from Brian White. Sinclair played exceptionally well with 6 saves in the contest.
Their win against Wesleyan clinched both the ODAC Championship and the NCAA tournament bid that came with it. This Monday, during the NCAA Selection Show, Roanoke College was paired up with Emory College which placed the game at home for the Maroons.
The Emory College Eagles played aggressively and were on offense for the majority of the contest. 5 of the first 7 shots on goal were taken by the Eagles, Sinclair saved 4 of them only letting a shot by Dylan Price through in the 19th minute. The Eagles came back in the 38th minute and scored 1 more goal putting them up 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Emory went on a shooting streak and put 2 more balls into the back of the net expanding their lead to 4-0. The Maroons started fighting back in the 77th minute taking control for the rest of the game, getting several shots on goal and with an assist from Tyler Carbaugh, Robbie Lentine scored Roanoke’s first and only goal leaving the score at 4-1.
Roanoke College ends the season with an overall record of 13-5-2 and is eliminated from the NCAA tournament. While this may have been an early exit from the tournament, it was at least another game for retiring Coach Scott Allison who got to see the Maroons go to the NCAA tournament for the 6th time in school history, the last time being in 2007 where we also lost in the opening round.