Men's Soccer Falls to Emory; Sustains First Regular-Season Loss in 29 Contests

Hill Bonin
Hill Bonin

CHICAGO – The No. 1 University of Chicago men's soccer team sustained its first regular-season loss in 29 games with Saturday's 3-0 setback to visiting Emory University in a University Athletic Association match at Stagg Field.  

The top-ranked Maroons (11-1, 1-1 UAA) had either won or tied 28 straight regular-season games in a row up until Saturday, last falling in a match against Carnegie Mellon on Nov. 1, 2015.

The visiting Eagles (9-2, 2-0) struck early in the match, when Moustafa Khattab fired a shot from about 20 yards out that ricocheted off the post and rolled in to give Emory a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

Emory would add another score before the half in the 29th, when Michael Stier delivered a perfect shot into the box for Tyler Wash to finish at point-blank range to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage at halftime.

Christian Meyer would add the final score just three minutes into the second period, when Jason McCartney fired a ball that UChicago keeper Hill Bonin stopped, but Meyer was there for the rebound to make it 3-0.

The Maroons had several chances, including what seemed to be a goal by Panos Voulgaris with five minutes to play in the first half. But the score was waved off by an offsides call to stymie any momentum by the home team.

UChicago outshot the Eagles, 13-7, and held a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks, but were held scoreless for the first time since Nov. 5, 2016. Emory capitalized in the shot on goal category, edging the Maroons, 5-4.

Max Lopez and Matthew Koh finished with three shots each and senior keeper Hill Bonin had two saves in the setback. 

NEXT MATCH:
Friday, Oct. 13: Carnegie Mellon at #1 UChicago, 5:30 PM, Stagg Field (turf).