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2007 Emory Women's Soccer Headline Archive


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER NAMES RACHEL MORELAND ASSISTANT COACH

(June 6) - Emory University head women's soccer coach Sue Patberg has announced the appointment of Rachel Moreland as assistant coach.

Moreland comes to the Emory program after a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at UNC-Pembroke, an NCAA Division II member.  During the 2007 season, she helped guide the Lady Braves to a 12-6-1 record.

As a player, Moreland was a four-year starter (2002-05) and two-time captain at Limestone College (SC).  A three-time All-Carolinas/Virginia Athletic Conference pick, she played in 67 games during her career, 60 in a starting capacity, and finished with 41 points including a 20-point campaign (9-2) in 2003.  In addition to her soccer exploits, Moreland played for the fifth-ranked Limestone women's lacrosse team during her last semester as an undergraduate and helped the Lady Saints to a Final Four appearance.

Her coaching resume includes five years as an instructor at the Denison Cabral Soccer Academy.  Rachel also enjoyed a brief stay as a member of the W-League's Maryland Pepsi Pride Practice squad.

"I am excited that Rachel will be joining Emory," Patberg said.  "She has valuable coaching experience and will make significant contributions to the program.  She has already hit the ground running and is looking to help take our team to the next level."

A member of the CVAC Presidential honor roll, Moreland earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Limestone in 2006.  Most recently, she obtained her  Master's Degree in Physical Education-Sports Administration from UNC-Pembroke in May of this year.

Moreland takes over for former assistant coach Jene Baclawski who assumed the head coaching duties at Southwestern University (TX).

The Emory women's soccer team will open the 2008 regular season at home on Aug. 29 against Guilford College.


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER TO FACE TOP COMPETITION DURING ITS SUMMER TRIP TO COSTA RICA

(May 9) At a time of year when most universities send their athletes home for the summer, the Emory University Women's Soccer team will take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the offseason, travelling to Costa Rica to play in four games against some of the country's top women's teams.

Emory will be playing games against Costa Rica's Under-17 and Under-20 National teams to open the trip, providing the Eagles with a level of competition they would be unlikely to face in the United States.  Rounding out the trip, Emory will face off against a Costa Rican first- and second-division team.

"Playing a National team in an environment like this will provide us with an excellent experience for the upcoming season," said Emory Head Women's Soccer Coach Sue Patberg.  "Learning how to deal with a foreign style of play, officials, and different environments will be a great help for our upcoming fall season."

The trip, however, will not be all about soccer.  Emory's players will have an opportunity to view three distinct parts of Costa Rica - the city of San Jose, the rainforests in San Carlos, and Jaco Beach.  Activities during the nine-day trip include a walking tour of San Jose, a visit to hot water springs, white water rafting, an afternoon on the beach, and a rainforest canopy zip-line tour.

The team will also spend an afternoon on the second day of the trip participating in a community service project.  The Eagles will be visiting a children's day shelter in San Jose, where they will interact with local, underprivileged children.

"We are very excited to be providing our athletes with this experience," said Patberg.  "The benefits to their performance on the field will be immeasurable, and the memories they take away from the tour will last a lifetime."

The team will leave on May 11th, returning on the 19th of the month.  Throughout the trip, fans can follow the squads' trek on www.go.emory.edu, where team members will be submitting diary entries detailing their experiences on the trip.

Emory finished the 2007 season with a 16-2-2 record, the second-best record in the program's history.  The Eagles advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III Tournament, finishing the campaign ranked 14th in the Nation.


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER MAKES A STRONG SHOWING IN SPRING GAMES

(Apr. 17) In order to keep the team fresh during the offseason, the Emory University Women's Soccer Team hosted a seven-on-seven spring scrimmage with five other schools on Sunday, April 13th.

Participating institutions besides Emory included Berry College (Ga.), the University of South Carolina - Aiken, Oxford College (Ga.), and Georgia College and State University.  Both Emory and GCSU entered two squads in the event.

The Emory ‘Gold' team finished the scrimmage 2-1, dropping a 2-1 decision to Berry, but winning 1-0 over GCSU ‘Green' and 3-2 over GCSU ‘Blue.'  Whitney Briggs recorded a goal and three assists, and Lauren Smith scored two goals of her own, and added on one assist.  Other goal scorers for Emory ‘Gold' included Meghan McMahon, Annie Horn, and Talia Dweck.

The Emory ‘Blue' team went 3-1 in their matches, defeated USC Aiken 5-1, Oxford 9-0, and Berry 4-1, while suffering a 4-2 defeat to GCSU ‘Blue'.  Kerri Lydon scored five goals for the Eagles, while Melanie Levy added four goals and four assists, and Susan Socoloff had three goals of her own with three assists.  Kim Grelli and Sarah Myers each scored two goals, and Emily Rubin rounded out the Emory scoring with a goal.  Shayna Bryan assisted on three goals, while Grace Lam assisted on two.

Emory finished its 2007 season with a 16-2-2 record, advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. 


EMORY WOMEN'S ASSISTANT SOCCER COACH JENE BACLAWSKI RESIGNS TO TAKE HEAD COACHING POSITION AT SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

 
(April 1) - Jene Baclawski, an assistant coach with the Emory women's soccer program the past two years, has resigned her position to assume the head coaching duties at Southwestern University located in Georgetown, Texas. 

During her two years with the Eagles, she helped direct the program to a 25-8-4 won-lost ledger.  In 2007, Emory finished with a 16-2-2 record, the second-most wins in school history, and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.  The Eagles finished the campaign ranked 14th in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

"I am extremely grateful for my time at Emory and have learned so much," Baclawski said "My experiences here played a huge role in being offered the position at Southwestern.  It has been a wonderful two years here with Sue (Patberg), the players and an outstanding staff.  It is hard to leave a great program but I am excited about the opportunity of becoming a head coach."

Baclawski, a native of Arlington, Texas, coached a total of seven players to All-University Athletic Association first- or second-team berths and had four players earn NSCAA/Adidas All-South Region acclaim.

"Jene did a fantastic job with our team while she was here and we are happy that she is receiving this opportunity," Emory Head Coach Sue Patberg said.  "She was involved in every facet of the program and her contributions were outstanding.  While it is hard losing someone as valued and trusted as Jene, I know that she will do some outstanding things at Southwestern."


EMORY'S GRACE LAM AND EMILY FEDELES NAMED TO THE NSCAA/ ADIDAS SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAM

(Dec. 28) The Emory University Women's  Soccer team is well represented on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ adidas Scholar All-America team, as Grace Lam was named to the second team defense, while Emily Fedeles was honored as the goalkeeper of the third team.

Lam, a third-team all-American, anchored an Emory defense that recorded 13 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.48 for the season, the 11th-best mark in the country.  The junior helped Emory hold their opponents to just over three shots on goal per match, and outscore teams 47-10 during the season.  Lam also contributed on the offensive end, scoring a career-best four goals.  Earlier in the year, Lam was named to the all-South Region first team, the all-UAA first team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team.  She has compiled a 3.88 grade point average, while majoring in Business and Economics.

Fedeles emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation during her senior season.  She finished the campaign eighth in the nation with a 0.33 goals against average overall (a new school single-season record), and 11th in the nation with a 0.894 save percentage, while also compiling an 11-2-2 record with nine shutouts during the season.  Earlier in the season, Fedeles was named to the all-South region second team, the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, and the all-UAA first team.  

Emory athletes honored by the NSCAA are part of the college division, which includes athletes from all NCAA Division II, III and NAIA institutions who are members of the NSCAA.  Emory University advanced to the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament in 2007, finishing the year ranked 14th in the country.  The Eagles' 16-2-2 record during the campaign was the second-best mark in the program's history.


FOUR EAGLES EARN NSCAA/ ADIDAS ALL-REGION HONORS

(Dec. 18) The postseason honors continued to roll in for the Emory Women's Soccer Team, as four Eagles were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Adidas all-South Region team.  Jamie English, Grace Lam, and Alexa Wahr earned a spot on the first team, while Emily Fedeles was named to the second team.

The three first team members match a program-best mark, set in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.  It is the first all-region honor for each of the four Emory players selected to the squad.

English led the Eagles with 11 goals and 27 points during her senior season, both career-best marks.  The forward started all 20 games for Emory, one of just three players on the team to do so.  Earlier in the season, English was named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team, after leading all players in the conference in goals, and finishing second in points.  She earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team as well, for her performance both on the pitch and in the classroom.

Lam, a third-team all-American, anchored an Emory defense that recorded 13 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.48 for the season, the 11th-best mark in the country.  The junior helped Emory hold their opponents to just over three shots on goal per match, and outscore teams 47-10 during the season.  Lam also contributed on the offensive end, scoring a career-best four goals.  Earlier in the year, Lam was named to the all- UAA first team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team.

Wahr started all 16 games she played in for the Eagles during her junior season, finishing the year with career bests in goals (five), assists (seven) and points (17).  The midfielder scored two game-winning goals, and assisted on the game-winning ‘golden goal' against Washington University (Mo.).  Earlier in the year, Wahr was named to both the all-UAA second team, and the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team.

Fedeles emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in the nation during her senior season.  She finished the campaign eighth in the nation with a 0.33 goals against average overall (a new school single-season record), and 11th in the nation with a 0.894 save percentage, while also compiling an 11-2-2 record with nine shutouts during the season.  Earlier in the season, Fedeles was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, and to the all-UAA first team.   

Emory University advanced to the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament in 2007, finishing the year ranked 14th in the country.  The Eagles' 16-2-2 record during the campaign was the second-best mark in the program's history.


EMORY'S GRACE LAM NAMED TO THE NSCAA/ ADIDAS ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM

(Dec. 17) Emory University defender Grace Lam was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ adidas Division III All-America third team, based on her performance during the 2007 season.

Lam becomes the 13th all-American in the program's history, and the first Eagle to garner the honor since Annie Schenck and Andrea Pawliczek were named all-Americans in 2001.  The junior is the seventh underclassmen in school history to be named an all-American, and joins Bethe Segars (1989), Diana Spock (1993 and 1995) and Amy Perhach (1998) as the Emory defenders who have received the honor.

Lam anchored an Emory defense that recorded 13 shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.48 for the season, the 11th-best mark in the country.  She helped Emory hold their opponents to just over three shots on goal per match, and outscore teams 47-10 during the season.  Lam also contributed on the offensive end, scoring a career-best four goals.  Earlier in the year, Lam was named to the all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team.

Lam's play helped the Eagles to a 16-2-2 record in 2007, as Emory finished the season ranked 14th in Division III.  The Eagles advanced to the round of 16 in the 2007 NCAA Division III tournament.


FEDELES NAMED TO THE CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

(Nov. 20) Emory University goalkeeper Emily Fedeles was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team for her performance both on the soccer field in 2007 and in the classroom during her time at Emory.

Fedeles one of just four Eagles in the history of the women's soccer program to be named an academic all-American.  She is the first Emory honoree since Andrea Pawliczek and Annie Schenck were each named to the team following the 2001 season.

In 2007, Fedeles compiled one of the most successful seasons by a goalkeeper in the program's history.  She set a school record with a 0.33 goals against average during the season, registering a 16-2-2 record. The senior entered the Eagles' final match of the season ranked second in the nation in save percentage, and fourth in goals against average.  Earlier in the season, Fedeles was named to the all-University Athletic Association first team.

Fedeles is a two-time Academic all-UAA honoree and has earned a 3.71 grade point average.  She is majoring in History and Economics, with a minor in Spanish at Emory. 

Voting for the Academic All-America team is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Nominees for the honor are selected from the pool of student athletes who are chosen as members of one of the eight Academic all-District first teams.  Emory nominees represent the "college division," which is composed of NCAA Division II and III, and NAIA schools across the country.


NO. 11 EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER SEASON ENDS IN A 2-1 HEARTBREAKING LOSS TO LYNCHBURG

(Nov. 17) Emory's road to a national championship came to a dead end on Saturday, as the 11th-ranked Eagles dropped a 2-1 double-overtime match to Lynchburg College (Va.) in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.  The loss ends Emory's 2007 campaign, as the Eagles finish the year with a 16-2-2 record.

The Eagles were faced with the daunting task of having to face Lynchburg on their home field, but held their own, as the Eagles and the Hornets played a scoreless first half, with Emory holding a 5-2 advantage in shots after the first frame.  The Emory defense was able to fend off four Lynchburg corner kicks in the half, to keep the match at 0-0 headed into halftime.

Lynchburg was able to strike first, however, as Betsy Kwiatkowski scored the match's opening goal in the 61st minute of play to give her squad a 1-0 lead.

It would take the Eagles less than eight minutes to bring the match back to a tie, as Jamie English notched her 11th goal of the season to knot the contest at a goal apiece.  On the play, defender Whitney Briggs crossed the ball into the box, allowing English to deflect the ball into the corner of the goal.  The match would remain even throughout the rest of regulation, and through most of the two 10-minute overtime periods.

The Hornets, however, struck the final blow, clinching the match and advancing in the tournament with a Karey Richardson goal two minutes and 18 seconds into the second-overtime frame.  Had the Eagles been able to hold on for the final seven minutes and 42 seconds, the match would have headed into a shootout to decide the winner.

The match marked the final Emory game for graduating seniors Emily Fedeles, English, and Julia Sanders.    

English finished the 2007 season with 11 goals and five assists for 27 points.  She ends her Emory career eighth on the school's all-time goals list with 21, and 11th with 58 career points. 

Emory finished the 2007 season with a 16-2-2 mark, one of the best in school history.  The trip to the sectionals was the Eagles' sixth time in the round of 16, and marks the farthest the Emory women's soccer program has advanced in the NCAA tournament.


11th-RANKED EMORY LOOKS TO CONTINUE NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS

(Nov. 14) Emory University will continue its NCAA Tournament run this weekend, as they will travel to Lynchburg, VA for the sections.  The Eagles will have the daunting task of facing the host school, Lynchburg College (Va.), during their round-of-16 match on Saturday at 1:30 PM.

THE TEAMS
The Eagles will begin the weekend with a 16-1-2 record this season, the second-best record in school history.  Emory is one win shy of matching a school record, set during the 2001 season when the Eagles finished the year 17-1-1.  The Eagles advanced in the tournament after receiving a first round bye and defeating Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) 1-0 in the first round.  Freshman Meghan McMahon scored the Eagles' game-winning goal in the match, and the Emory defense matched a NCAA Tournament record by not allowing a shot on goal throughout the contest.  Emory is 5-7-3 all time in NCAA Tournament matches, including a 5-3-3 mark dating back to the 1998 season.  The Eagles, ranked 11th in the Nation according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, are 3-1-1 in road matches, and 2-0-0 in neutral games this season.

Lynchburg is 18-3-3 this season, including a 9-2-0 mark at home during the year.  The Hornets advanced through the tournament bracket by defeating Maryville College (Tenn.) 1-0 in the first round, and Roanoke College (Va.) 1-0 in the second round.  Emory is 3-3-3 all time against Lynchburg, including a 1-0 overtime victory earlier this season, during which the Emory defense did not allow a shot on goal, and Kerri Lydon scored the ‘golden goal' on a penalty kick.  The two squads also met in Lynchburg, VA during the 2004 NCAA Tournament in the round of 32, with the Cavaliers coming away with a 1-0 overtime win.  The Hornets have outscored opponents by an impressive 84-5 mark during the 2007 season. 

Also in the sectional bracket are Washington University (Mo.) and the College of New Jersey, who will face each other prior to the start of the Eagles' match.  The winners of Saturday's two games will then meet on Sunday at 1:00 PM for the right to advance to the tournament's final four in Orlando, FL.

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 38-10-6, which includes berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2007.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 184-97-24 and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.  

Lynchburg is led by head coach Dr. Todd Olsen, who is in his 14th season with the Hornets.  He has compiled a record of 208-59-22 during his time with the team.  He is assisted by Liz Nickerson.

EMORY NOTES
The Eagles have assembled one of the best defenses in the Nation this season, as their 0.407 goals against average is the 10th-best mark in the Nation, and their 0.684 shutout percentage is the 12th-best ratio... Emory had held an opponent without a shot on goal four times this season, and to two shots on goal or less in 10 of 19 matches... Senior goalkeeper Emily Fedeles has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in Division III, as her 0.927 save percentage is second-best in the Nation, and her 0.216 goals against average is the fourth-best mark...  Junior Joyce Lam's 0.61 assists per game in the 29th-best mark in the country, and her 11 assists overall this year match a school record... Seven Eagles were honored by the University Athletic Association (UAA) this past week, as Jamie English, Grace Lam, and Emily Fedeles were each named to the all-UAA first team, Whitney Briggs and Alexa Wahr were named to the second team, and Joyce Lam and Maya Vankineni earned honorable mentions... The Eagles have never advanced past the round of 16 in the 21-year history of the program.


NO. 11 EMORY ADVANCES WITH 1-0 WIN OVER 13th-RANKED HARDIN-SIMMONS

(Nov. 10) 11th-ranked Emory University (Ga.) matched an NCAA Championship record by holding 13th-ranked Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) without a shot on goal, and freshman Meghan McMahon scored her third goal of the season as the Eagles defeated the Cowgirls 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.

McMahon's goal came in the 73rd minute of the match, just 46 second after she entered the game.  Freshman defender Erinn Van Pelt set a ball forward to freshman midfielder Melanie Levy, who crossed it over the middle of the box to McMahon.  She was able to sneak the ball past the goal line and into the net for the lone score of the match.

"We were hoping to get some fresh legs out there and some new energy," said Emory head coach Sue Patberg.  "It was a fantastic cross from Melanie [Levy] to Meghan [McMahon], and just having the tenacity to put it away was fantastic."

The two teams earned their reputation for being defensive squads in the first half, as the Eagles held the Cowgirls shotless, while recording just two shots of their own during the first 45 minutes. 

Emory had a number of opportunities in the second half as well, taking eight shots during the frame, but the strong play of Hardin-Simmons' 2006 all-American goalkeeper Christi Carr kept the Cowgirls in the game. With 19 minutes remaining in the match, Carr was forced to make back to back saves, one on a shot by Jamie English from 10 feet out, and the other on a header in front of the net from Maya Vankineni.  Carr finished the match with seven saves, five of which came in the second half.

"[Carr] made some big saves," said Patberg.  "She's very athletic, quick and fast."

After the Eagles took a 1-0 lead, the Cowgirls put together their best scoring opportunity of the match.  With 11 minutes remaining, Emory all-UAA first team defender Grace Lam made a game-saving play, blocking a shot taken Laura Newbrough with a slide tackle, while the Eagles' goalkeeper was out of position.  Had Lam not made the stop, the game would have likely been headed to overtime.

"Grace Lam laid it all on the line to get up there and knock that ball away," said Patberg.

The Emory defense recorded its 13th shutout of the season in 19 matches, lowering its team goals against average to 0.41 this season.  They allowed the Cowgirls to take just one shot (which was not on goal) the entire match. 

"[The defense] had a stellar performance," said Patberg.  "Shot blocking, winning 50-50 balls, one on one defending...They were like a brick wall."

The win raises the Eagles' record to 16-1-2 this season, while Hardin-Simmons falls to 19-2-1. Emory also improves to 11-0-1 at the Woodruff P.E. Center this season.  

Emory will advance to the NCAA sectionals next weekend, with the possibility of facing anyof four teams - Roanoke, Methodist, Maryville (Tenn.) or Lynchburg.  The site of the match and the times will be determined after this weekend's first and second round matches are completed Sunday.


SEVEN EAGLES EARN ALL-UAA HONORS

(Nov. 9) Seven members of the 11th-ranked Emory University Women's Soccer Team received conference honors on Thursday, as Jamie English, Emily Fedeles, and Grace Lam were named to the All-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team, Whitney Briggs and Alexa Wahr were named to the second team, and Joyce Lam and Maya Vankineni received honorable mentions.

The seven All-UAA team members match a program-record, last achieved during the Eagles' first year of UAA competition in 1987.  The three first-team members are the most by the Emory squad since the 2001 season.

This is English's first season being named to an All-UAA team.  She finished the regular season with 10 goals and 25 points, leading both the Eagles and the Association in both categories.  Two of her goals came in UAA play, including the ‘golden goal' against Washington University.

Fedeles earned her first UAA honors as well this season, after emerging as one of the top-ranked goalkeepers in Division III this season.  Her 0.23 goals against average is the sixth-best mark in the nation this season, and she led all UAA players with four shutouts and a 0.39 goals against average in conference matches.

Grace Lam was honored by the UAA for the second-straight season, after earning an honorable mention in 2006.  She started 17 of 18 matches for an Emory defense that has recorded a 0.43 goals against average this season.  In addition, she has scored four goals of her own, one of which was a game winner.

Briggs was the final piece needed to solidify the Emory defense, after she made the switch from forward at the start of the season.  She has helped the Eagles record 12 shutouts this season as a team, while scoring a goal of her own, and assisting on another.  This was Briggs' first time being named to an All-UAA team.

Wahr was named to her second-consecutive All-UAA team, after receiving an honorable mention last season.  The junior midfielder scored five goals and seven assists for a total of 17 points, the fourth-best total on the team.

It was also the second-straight All-UAA honor for Joyce Lam, who was a second-team member in 2006.  The junior forward finished the regular season second on the squad with 21 points, and matched an Emory single-season record with 11 assists.

In her first year with the Eagles, Vankineni scored six goals and six assists for 18 points.  She led all Emory players with four game-winning goals, each of which came in the final four Emory victories of the regular season.

The Eagles finished tied for second in the UAA this season with a 4-1-2 record in conference play, and a 15-1-2 record overall.  The Eagles received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and will host a second-round match against Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) on Saturday at 1:30 PM, after receiving a first-round bye.


11th-RANKED WOMEN'S SOCCER TO BEGIN CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT ON SATURDAY

(Nov. 8) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team will begin its hunt for a National Championship on Saturday, as the Eagles will host Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) at the Woodruff P.E. Center for a NCAA Tournament second-round match.  The game is slated to start at 1:30 PM.

THE TEAMS
Emory University will enter the tournament with a 15-1-2 record, the second-best mark in school history.  The Eagles are on a 12-game home unbeaten streak dating back to last season, and are 10-0-1 at the Woodruff P.E. Center this season.  The Eagles are ranked 11th in the National Soccer Coaches Association's (NSCAA) final regular season National poll, and second in the South Region.

Hardin-Simmons advanced to the second round of the tournament after tying Trinity University (Texas) 0-0, but winning in penalty kicks, 4-2.  The Cowgirls are 19-1-1 this season, and are ranked 13th in the Nation and fifth in the South Region.  Hardin-Simmons is paced by its first-team All-American sophomore goalkeeper Christi Carr, who led her team to the sectional finals of the NCAA Tournament in 2006.  The Cowgirls are 7-0-0 in road matches this season.

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 37-10-6, which includes berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2007.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 183-97-24 and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.  

The Cowgirls are coached by Marcus Wood, who is the winningest coach in school history.  His 139-18-14 record during his eight seasons with the program give him one of the best winning percentages in Division III history.  Wood is assisted by Brent Camp and David Wood.

EMORY NOTES
Emory is 4-7-3 in NCAA Tournament matches, including one shootout win and two shootout losses... Emory has hosted its last three NCAA Tournament games, including two in 2005, when the Eagles picked up a 1-0 overtime win in their first round match over the University of the South (Tenn.), but lost to the University of Puget Sound (Wash.) 2-0 in the second round... Emory has outscored its opponents 45-8 and has out-shot opposing teams 306-109... Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles is on pace to set an Emory single-season record with her 0.23 goals against average, and is ranked sixth in the Nation in the category... The senior is also fourth in the nation with a .927 save percentage after her season-high six save shutout against Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) last weekend... Forward Joyce Lam matched a school single-season record with her 11th assist of the year in the Eagles' last game... The junior is 22nd in the Nation with 0.65 assists per game... Junior Maya Vankineni has scored the game-winning goal in each of the last four Emory wins... Senior Jamie English is the Eagles' leading scorer with 10 goals and five assists for 25 points this season. 


EMORY TO HOST NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT MATCH

(Nov. 5) The Emory University Women's Soccer team has found itself in a best-case scenario situation, as the team has received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, and will host their second-round match on Saturday, November 10th. 

The Eagles, who learned of their bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, will play the winner of the first-round match between Hardin-Simmons University (Texas) and Trinity University (Texas).  The first-round match will be hosted by Hardin-Simmons on November 7th.

This season marks the Eagles' 10th-postseason berth and the third trip to the NCAA Tournament for Emory in the last four seasons.  The first-round bye assures that the Eagles will advance at least to the tournament's second round for the 10th time as well.    

Emory finished the 2007 season with a 15-1-2 record, including a 13-1-2 record against regional opponents. The Eagles are the 11th-ranked team in the Nation, according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.  

Admission for Saturday's match will be $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and seniors, and $2.00 for children under 12. Details about the time of Emory's match will be available later in the week.  Make sure to keep checking www.go.emory.edu for more details.


11th-RANKED EMORY SOCCER SOARS OVER CARNEGIE MELLON IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

(Nov. 3) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team completed one of the most successful seasons in the program's history on Saturday, as the 11th-ranked Eagles defeated Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) 1-0 at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

The lone goal in the game came off the leg of junior forward Maya Vankineni, her sixth of the season and fourth game-winning goal in the last four Emory victories.  She finishes the regular season with 18 points, the third-best total on the team this year.

Vankineni was assisted on the goal by Joyce Lam, who tied the school single-season record with her 11th assist of the season.  Lam matches Carrie Eckenhoff's total from the 2001 season, and is second on the squad this year with a career-best 21 points.

Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles, who entered the match with the fifth-lowest goals against average in Division III, recorded her eighth shutout of the season in goal.  The senior finished the regular season with a school record 0.23 goals against average, and made a season-high six saves during the match.

The match also served as senior day for the Eagles, who celebrated graduating players Jamie English, Julia Sanders, and Fedeles.  The game marked the final regular-season home match for each of the seniors.

The win brings the Eagles' record to 15-1-2 this season, and 4-1-2 in the conference, good for a second-place finish.  Emory will now wait until Monday to see if they are awarded an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament.  While the Eagles, ranked second in the South Region, stand a strong chance at earning the bid, since they did not finish first in the conference, the bid is not assured.  


FOUR EAGLES NAMED TO THE COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

(Nov. 1) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team had four of its members honored for their academic and athletic achievements on Thursday, as Emily Fedeles and Grace Lam were each named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, and Alexa Wahr and Jamie English were placed on the second team.

This is the first time that each of this year's four Emory honorees has been named to the prestigious All-Academic team.

Senior Emily Fedeles has emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in the Nation, compiling a 0.25 goals against average this season, the fifth-best mark in the Nation, and the ninth-best save percentage (.914) in the country.  She has started 12 games for the Eagles, recording seven shutouts and a 9-1-2 record.  Fedeles has earned a 3.71 grade point average while majoring in History and Economics, with a minor in Spanish.

Grace Lam has started every game for an Emory defense that is 17th in the Nation in goals against average (0.452) and 24th in shutout percentage (0.647).  In addition, she has contributed on the offensive side of the ball, scoring four goals, one of which was a game winner.  While majoring in business (with concentrations in finance and accounting) with a minor in economics, Lam has compiled a grade point average of 3.88.

Midfielder Alexa Wahr is third on the Eagles in scoring this season, notching five goals and seven assists for 17 points.  Two of her goals during the year have been game winners.  Wahr holds a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in business with concentrations in finance and accounting.

Jamie English, a senior forward, is the Eagles leading scorer this season with 10 goals and five assists.  Her 25 points is the 16th-best single season total in school history.  English has a 3.41 grade point average while majoring in biology.

By virtue of earning a spot on the Academic All-District first team, Fedeles and Lam will be placed on the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.  Voting for the Academic All-District team is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Emory nominees represent the "college division" in District 3 which is composed of NCAA Division II and III, and NAIA schools in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.


11th-RANKED EAGLES LOOK TO SECURE POSTSEASON BID ON SATURDAY

(Oct. 31) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team, ranked 11th in the Nation, will look to further strengthen its case for an at large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, as the Eagles will host Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in its final regular season match on Saturday.

THE TEAMS
Emory University will enter the match with a 14-1-2 record, including a 3-1-2 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) matches, good for second place in the conference.  The Eagles are 9-0-1 at home this season, and are 15-0-2 during the last two seasons at the Woodruff P.E. Center.  Emory is coming off a 1-0-1 week, when they defeated Brandeis University (Mass.) 2-1, but tied New York University 0-0.

Carnegie Mellon is 8-5-2 this season and 3-2-1 in UAA matches, placing the team fourth in the Association.  The Tartans are 1-3-1 in road matches this season.  The Eagles are 12-3-0 all time against the Tartans, but suffered a 4-2 loss last season.  Emory's Whitney Briggs has a career goal against Carnegie, and Joyce Lam has an assist.

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 36-10-6, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 182-97-24 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.  

Carnegie Mellon is coached by Sue Willard, who is in her third season with the Tartans.  She has compiled a 28-17-5 record with Carnegie.  Willard is assisted by Betsy Warren.

EMORY NOTES
Emory's 14-1-2 record is the second-best mark in school history... The Eagles' 10-game home winning streak, which was snapped during the scoreless tie with NYU, was the second-longest home-winning streak in school history... Emory is ranked 17th in the Nation in goals against average (0.452) and 24th in shutout percentage (0.647)... Junior forward Joyce Lam is one assist shy of tying the school single-season record... Her 0.63 assists per game is the 29th best ratio in the Nation... Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles is on pace to break the school record for single-season goals against average... Her 0.252 goals against average is the fifth-best mark in the Nation, and she is ninth in save percentage (0.914).  


NO. 11 EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYS NEW YORK UNIVERSITY TO A TIE

(Oct. 28) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team, ranked 11th in the Nation, turned in a strong effort Sunday, playing New York University to a scoreless tie, despite playing the majority of the match down one player.

Arguably, the turning point in the match came in the 43rd minute of play, when Eagles' defender Grace Lam was issued a red card for taking down a New York attacker on a scoring opportunity just outside of the box.  The penalty forced the Eagles to play with just 10 women on the field, and without one of their best defenders for the final 47 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods.

Despite the Emory disadvantage, the Eagles' continued to push the ball into the Violets' zone throughout the match, particularly in overtime.  Emory outshot NYU 4-1 in the two overtimes, including a 3-0 advantage in the second-overtime period.  One of the Eagles' best opportunities of the day came in the closing seconds of the match, when Joyce Lam broke away from her defender inside the box, but the Violets' goalkeeper came out and forced Lam to shoot wide of the net to end the game.

Emory goalkeeper Emily Fedeles was credited with her seventh shutout of the season, playing all 110 minutes and lowering her goals against average to 0.25 this season.  She is on pace to set a new school record in GAA, and the seven shutouts are the fifth-best single-season total in school history.

Fedeles, who converted four saves during the match, was aided by defenders Leanna Racine and Whitney Briggs, who both played the entirety of the game and made a number of plays to preserve the shutout.

The tie brings Emory's record to 14-1-2 this season, and 3-1-2 in University Athletic Association (UAA) matches, while New York University's record moves to 10-5-2 and 1-4-1 in conference play.  The Eagles are currently in third place in the UAA, with one regular season game left to play. 

Emory will be back in action at the Woodruff P.E. Center on Saturday, when they will face Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at 1:30 PM to conclude the 2007 regular season.


11th-RANKED EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER DEFEATS BRANDEIS 2-1

(Oct. 26) Emory University's Maya Vankineni scored her third game-winning goal in as many matches, as the Eagles defeated University Athletic Association (UAA) rival Brandeis University (Mass.) 2-1 at the Woodruff P.E. Center on Friday.

The Eagles notched the first score of the game, coming after Jamie English took a ball away from a defender deep in the Brandeis zone, turning and passing to Joyce Lam.  Lam then shot the ball into the upper-left corner of the net for her fifth goal of the season.  The score gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Judges, however, would answer back in the second half of the match.  After an Emory corner kick was cleared from the box, Brandeis' Tiffany Pacheco started a breakaway up the field, passing the ball to Tzlil Castel, who beat Emory goalkeeper Emily Fedeles for the game-tying goal in the 48th minute.

With the game tied, Vankineni would continue her recent streak of heroics.  After the Judges were unable to clear a Talia Dweck corner kick in the 68th minute, English eventually settled the ball down near the goal line, setting up Vankineni for the game-winning goal.

The goal was Vankineni's fifth of the season, tying her for the second most on the team this season.  The junior is fourth on the squad with 16 points, and her three game-winning goals lead the team.

With the victory, Emory, ranked 11th in the Nation, improves to 14-1-1 this season, including a 3-1-1 record in UAA games, while Brandeis falls to 8-6-2, and 1-2-1 in conference play.  Emory will play its penultimate match of the regular season on Sunday, when the Eagles will host New York University at the Woodruff P.E. Center, starting at 1:30 PM.


11th-RANKED EAGLES WOMEN'S SOCCER TO CONTINUE UAA SCHEDULE

(Oct. 23) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team will start to wind down its regular season this weekend, as the Eagles will host two University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents at the Woodruff P.E. Center.  The Eagles will face Brandeis University (Mass.) on Friday at 7:30 PM, and New York University at 1:30 PM on Sunday.

THE TEAMS
Emory will begin the weekend with a 13-1-1 record after defeating region-rival Maryville College (Tenn.) 2-0 on Tuesday.  Dating back to last season, Emory has won its last nine home games (two shy of the program record) and is 8-0-0 at home this season.  The Eagles are ranked 11th in the Nation and second in the South Region according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. 

Brandeis is 8-5-2 this season, including a 1-2-1 mark in UAA games this year, good for sixth place in the conference.  The Judges are 4-3-0 in road games this season.  Emory is 12-5-3 against Brandeis all time, including a scoreless tie last season.  Four of the last five matches between the two squads, and each of the last three, have gone into overtime.  

New York is 10-4-1 this season, including a 3-2-1 record in road games.  The Violets are 1-3-0 in UAA play this season, placing them seventh in the conference.  The Eagles are 9-0-3 all time against the Violets, including a 2-0 road win last season.  Alexa Wahr and Whitney Briggs each notched a goal during last year's match.

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 35-10-5, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 181-97-23 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.  

Brandeis is coached by Denise Dallamora, who is the only coach in the program's history.  She is assisted by Kerry O'Malley. 

The Violets are coached by Werner T. Dasbach, who is in his first season with the team.  Previously, he had spent nine seasons as an assistant with Columbia University (N.Y.).  Dasbach is assisted by Jennifer Meyerson, Michael Guerrero and Guillermo A. Valencia.

EMORY NOTES
The Eagles have won 13 of their first 15 games for just the third time in school history... Emory is ranked 18th in the Nation in goals against average (0.45), 29th in the Nation in shutout percentage (0.643) and 68th in the Nation in scoring offense (2.86 goals per game)... Emily Fedeles was named the Women's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week by the UAA last week... Fedeles is fourth in the Nation in goals against average (0.21) and sixth in the Nation in save percentage (0.92)... Joyce Lam is 19th in the Nation in assists per game (0.71)... Lam is one assist shy of tying the school single-season record, set by Carrie Eckenhoff in 2001... Maya Vankineni has scored the game-winning goal in each of Emory's last two matches.


11th-RANKED EMORY PICKS UP SOUTH REGION WIN OVER MARYVILLE

(Oct. 23) Emory University, ranked 11th in the Nation, came through with a victory in another close match Tuesday night, defeating Maryville College (Tenn.) 2-0 at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

The victory was an important in-region win for Emory.  The Eagles began the week ranked second in the South Region, while the Lady Scots, now 14-4-1 on the season, were ranked fifth, according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

Both teams were forced to battle through a persistent rain that lasted through the majority of the match, particularly in the first half when the passing storm was at its strongest.

After a scoreless first half, Vankineni struck with the game's first goal, scoring in the 64th minute of match off assists from Alexa Wahr and Jamie English.  The goal was the fourth of the season for Vankineni, and her second game-winning goal in as many matches. The junior also scored the lone Emory goal in the Eagles' 1-0 win over Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) on Friday.

Wahr cemented the victory in the closing minutes, scoring unassisted in the 83rd minute of the match.  The goal and assist during the game gives Wahr five and seven respectively this season, good for 17 points, the third-best total on the team.

Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles, who began the game fourth in the Nation in goals against average, recorded her second-consecutive shutout and sixth this season, converting two saves during the match.  The senior lowered her season GAA to 0.21, and is on pace to set a new school single-season record.  The Eagles are 8-1-1 in games started by Fedeles this season.

With the win, Emory improves to 13-1-1 with just three games remaining in the regular season, all at home.  The victory also extends Emory's home winning streak to nine matches, two shy of the program record. 

The Eagles will be back in action on Friday at 7:30 PM, as they will face Brandeis University (Mass.) in a University Athletic Association matchup.  


FEDELES NAMED A UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

(Oct. 23) Emily Fedeles, goalkeeper for the 11th-ranked Emory University Women's Soccer Team, was named the Women's Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week by the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Fedeles recorded her fifth shutout of the season against Birmingham Southern College (Ala.), leading the Eagles to a 1-0 victory last week.  Fedeles played all 90 minutes of the game in goal, converting four saves, including one in the final second of the match to secure the victory for Emory. 

The senior is ranked fourth in the Nation and first in the conference with a 0.23 goals against average, and sixth in the Nation in save percentage (0.92).  Fedeles has led the Eagles to a 12-1-1 record during the 2007 campaign.


NO. 11 WOMEN'S SOCCER TO FACE MARYVILLE COLLEGE IN ITS FINAL NON-CONFERENCE MATCH

(Oct. 23) Emory University will conclude its non-conference schedule for the 2007 regular season on Tuesday, as the Eagles will host Maryville College (Tenn.) at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

The Eagles are ranked 11th in the Nation and second in the South Region according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.  Emory is 12-1-1 this season, including a perfect 7-0-0 mark at home this year.  Dating back to last season, the Eagles have won eight-consecutive home matches, and are 13-1-1 at the Woodruff P.E. Center during the last two seasons.  The Eagles are coming off a 1-0 win over Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) last Friday, during which Maya Vankineni scored the lone Emory goal.  Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles was named the University Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week for women's soccer for her shutout performance in the match.

The Scots are ranked fifth in the South Region according to the NSCAA, and are 14-3-1 this season, including a 6-2-0 record on the road.  The Scots are undefeated in their last eight games, going 7-0-1 during the stretch. 

This will be the first meeting between the two programs since the 2004 season, when Emory came away with a 2-0 victory over Maryville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Jamie English scored one of the two Emory goals during the match.  The Eagles are 7-2-0 all time against the Scots.

Tuesday's match may very well be a preview of a postseason match this season, as both South Region teams look to be potential NCAA Tournament squads this season.


VANKINENI'S GOAL THE DIFFERENCE IN 1-0 EMORY WIN

(Oct. 19)Emory University's Maya Vankineni notched her third goal of the season, the lone score in a 1-0 Eagles victory over Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

After a scoreless first half, Vankineni struck in the 58th minute of the match, scoring off assists from Joyce Lam and Alexa Wahr.  Vankineni is fourth on the squad with 12 points this season.

Lam now has a team-leading 10 assists this season, one shy of Carrie Eckenhoff's ('04) school single-season record of 11 assists, set during the 2001 campaign.

Senior Emily Fedeles recorded her fifth shutout of the season, lowering her season goals against average to 0.23.  She recorded four saves during the game, including one in the final second of the match to preserve the Emory victory.

The Eagles outshot the Panthers 15 to seven, including a nine to four mark in the second half.  In addition, the Eagles held a 13-to-5 advantage in corner kicks during the game.

With the win, Emory, ranked 11th in the Nation, improved to 12-1-1 during the 2007 campaign.  The Eagles will host Maryville College (Tenn.) on Tuesday at the Woodruff P.E. Center.


11th-RANKED EAGLES LOOK TO REBOUND AGAINST BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN

(Oct. 17) Emory University, ranked 11th in the Nation, will look to rebound from its first loss of the 2007 season, as the Eagles will host Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) at the Woodruff P.E. Center, Friday night at 7:00 PM.

THE TEAMS
Emory will begin the weekend with an 11-1-1 record, including a 4-0-0 mark in home games this season.  The Eagles are coming off a 1-1-0 weekend, defeating Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 2-0, but dropping a 1-0 decision to the University of Rochester (N.Y.).  Emory is ranked 11th in the Nation and second in the South Region according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

Birmingham Southern holds an overall record of 8-4-0 this season, including a 3-2-0 record in road matches.  This will be the first meeting between the two programs. 

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 33-10-5, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 179-97-23 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

Birmingham Southern is led by first year head coach Benji Walton.  Prior to coaching the Panthers, he served as the head coach at Limestone College, compiling a 28-41-5 record in four seasons.  Walton was also a volunteer assistant with Coach Patberg at the University of Georgia from the spring of 2002 until the summer of 2003.  He is assisted by Crystal Royall.

EMORY NOTES
Emory's 11-1-1 start is the second-best record through 13 games in the program's history... The Eagles are 2-1-1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) games this season, good for third-place in the conference... Emory has outscored opponents 39-7 this season... The Eagles are ranked 23rd in the Nation in goals against average (0.52) and 57th in the Nation in scoring offense (3.0 goals per game)... Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles is fifth in the Nation with a 0.261 goals against average, and 10th in the Nation with a .905 save percentage... Junior Joyce Lam is 24th in the Nation with 0.69 assists per game... Senior Jamie English is 97th in the Nation with 0.769 goals per game.


SEVENTH-RANKED EAGLES LOSE FIRST GAME OF 2007

(Oct. 14) Seventh-ranked Emory University could not recover from an early goal from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) as the Eagles fell to the Yellowjackets 1-0 in Rochester.  The loss was the first of the season for the Eagles, who fell to 2-1-1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) games.

The Yellowjackets scored in the ninth minute of the match on Laura Bojko's first goal of the campaign. The rest of the game remained a very physical battle (38 combined fouls for the two teams), and the Eagles were unable to answer Rochester's score.

Senior Emily Fedeles played the entire game in goal for Emory, recording four saves in the loss.  The goalkeeper is now 6-1-1 this season with a 0.26 goals against average and 19 saves.

The defeat drops Emory to 11-1-1 overall this season, as the Eagles fell into a tie for third place in the UAA.  Emory will return home on Friday to face Birmingham Southern College (Ala.) at the Woodruff P.E. Center.


SEVENTH-RANKED EMORY DEFEATS CASE TO MOVE INTO TIE FOR FIRST IN THE UAA

(Oct. 12) The seventh-ranked Emory University Women's Soccer Team continued its undefeated season on Friday, defeating Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) 2-0.  The Eagles improved to 2-0-1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) games, and now sit in a tie for first place in the conference with the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

Emory took an early lead over case, as freshman Meghan McMahon scored in the eighth minute of the match on Joyce Lam's ninth assist of the year, giving Emory a 1-0 lead.  The goal was McMahon's second in the last three games.

The Eagles added an insurance goal late in the first half, as Shayna Bryan scored unassisted in the 43rd minute.  Bryan became the fifth Eagles of the season to break the 10-point mark, as she now has four goals and two assists during her inaugural campaign with the Eagles.
 
Senior Emily Fedeles played the entire game in goal for the Eagles, recording her fourth complete-game shutout in seven starts this season.  Fedeles has allowed just one goal in 600 minutes this season, good for a UAA-leading 0.15 goals against average. The goalkeeper is on pace to shatter the school GAA record of 0.40, set by Andrew Pawliczek in 2000.

The win raises Emory's overall record to 11-0-1 this season, and will set up a battle for first place in the conference on Sunday, when the Eagles will travel to Rochester to face the Yellowjackets.


SEVENTH-RANKED EMORY TO CONTINUE UAA SCHEDULE WITH TWO WEEKEND MATCHES

(Oct. 10) The Emory University Women's Soccer team, ranked seventh in the Nation, will continue its University Athletic Association (UAA) schedule this weekend with two road games, facing Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) on Friday at 7:30 PM, and the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Sunday at 1:30 PM.

THE TEAMS
Emory will begin the weekend with a 10-0-1 record, and a 1-0-1 mark in UAA games this season.  Emory is currently in sole possession of second place in the UAA, two points behind first place Rochester.  The Eagles are coming off a 2-0-0 week, including a 7-0 win over Agnes Scott College (Ga.) and a 3-2 double-overtime win against Washington University (Mo.).

Case Western is 6-6-0 this season and 0-2-0 in the conference.  The Eagles have never lost a game to Case, going 19-0-1 in the 20 previous meetings, and have recorded three-consecutive shutouts over the Spartans.

Rochester is 7-3-0 on the 2007 campaign, including a 2-0-0 record in conference games this season, placing them first in the UAA.  The Yellowjackets are the only team in the UAA that Emory has a losing record against, as the Eagles are 5-12-4 all time against Rochester, including a 2-1 loss last season

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 32-9-5, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 178-96-23 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

Case Western is coached by Tiffany Crooks, who is in her first year at the Spartans' helm.  She is assisted by Irenna Taylor.

Rochester is led by Terry Gurnett, who is in his 31st season with the Yellowjackets.  His 383 wins are the most in Division III history, and the third-most in all Divisions of NCAA Women's Soccer, and he has led his teams to two National Championships (19867 and 1987).  Gurnett is assisted by Thomas Dardaganis.

EMORY NOTES

Emory's 10-0-1 start is the best in school history and the first time the team has gone undefeated through its first 11 games since the Eagles started the 1999 season 8-0-3... With two home victories last week, Emory has now won seven-straight home games, and is undefeated in 24-2-2 in its last 14 games at the Woodruff P.E. Center... Forward Jamie English was named a forward on the d3kicks.com Team of the Week, following her two-goal performance against Washington... English scored the ‘golden goal' in the second overtime period against the Bears, the first game-winning overtime goal of her career and the 13th in school history... The senior is the UAA leader with 22 points and 10 goals this season... Joyce Lam is second in the UAA this season with eight assists, the most by an Emory player since the 2004 season... Goalkeeper Emily Fedeles has allowed just one goal in 509 minutes this season for a UAA-best 0.18 goals against average this season.  


EMORY'S ENGLISH NAMED TO THE D3KICKS.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK

(Oct. 10) Emory University forward Jamie English was named to the D3Kicks.com Women's Team of the Week, following her two-goal performance against Washington University (Mo.).

English scored the ‘golden goal' in a 3-2 double overtime upset victory over the fourth-ranked Bears.  The goal was the senior's second of the day, as she scored in the sixth minute of the match as well.  English is the University Athletic Association (UAA) leader with 10 goals and 22 points this season, both career bests. 

English has led the Eagles to a 10-0-1 record this season, including a 1-0-1 record in UAA games, good for second-place in the Association.


ENGLISH'S ‘GOLDEN GOAL' LIFTS EIGHTH-RANKED EMORY OVER FOURTH-RANKED WASHINGTON (MO.)

(Oct. 7) Emory University's Jamie English scored two goals, including the game's ‘golden goal' in the 106th minute of the match, to lead the eighth-ranked Eagles to an upset victory over the fourth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) Bears.

The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead in the game, as midfielder Alexa Wahr scored her fourth goal of the season just 45 seconds into the game, off an assist from Joyce Lam. Lam's eight assists this season are a personal-best, good for second in the conference, and the most in a season by an Eagles player since Jamie English recorded eight in 2004. 

Less than five minutes later, English struck with her first goal of the day and ninth of the season, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.  Maya Vankineni was credited with the assist on the play, her sixth of the year.

The Bears, however, would battle back, holding the Eagles scoreless and scoring goals in the 44th and 53rd minutes.  The game would remain tied 2-2 throughout regulation and the first overtime period.

With just four minutes remaining in the second and final sudden-death overtime period, English broke away from the Bears' defense after a pass from Wahr.  She advanced unimpeded into the Washington box and launched a shot past the Bears' goalkeeper to give Emory its first conference victory of the season.

"Alexa sent a really good ball," said English after the game.  "I got some lucky touches and went straight for the goal, and I shot it in."

English leads all University Athletic Association (UAA) with 22 points, and is tied for the association lead with 10 goals this season, both career bests.  The ‘golden goal' was the second of the season for the Eagles, and the first of the senior's career.  English has now recorded two game-winning goals this season. 

Senior goalkeeper Emily Fedeles played all but two minutes of the game in goal, stopping four shots on goal, and allowing just one Bears' score.  She missed the final two minutes of the first half after making contact with a Bears' defender and injuring herself, but returned for the second half and both overtimes.  The goal allowed was the first one by Fedeles over her career, ending a scoreless-minute streak of 481:35.

The win raises Emory's record to 10-0-1, the best start to a season in the program's history and just the fourth time in school history that an Emory soccer team, men's or women's, has gone undefeated through its first 11 games.  The Eagles are now 1-0-1 in conference play, and have moved into sole-possession of second place, two points behind the University of Rochester (N.Y.).  Emory will continue its conference schedule next weekend, with road matches against Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) on Friday, and Rochester on Sunday.


SHOWDOWN AT THE WOODPEC: EIGHTH-RANKED EMORY VS. FOURTH-RANKED WASHINGTON

(Oct.3) The Woodruff P.E. Center will be the site of a meeting of undefeated top-10 Division III women's soccer teams on Sunday, as the eighth-ranked Emory University Eagles will take on the fourth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) Bears.  The contest will mark the second University Athletic Association (UAA) game for both teams.

THE TEAMS
Emory will enter the match with a 9-0-1 record, including a 5-0-0 mark at home this season.  Besides their eighth-ranking nationally, the Eagles are ranked first in the South Region according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.  The Eagles are in a two-way tie for fourth in the UAA, with a 0-0-1 record in conference play this season.  Emory is coming off a 7-0 win over Agnes Scott College on Monday, when both Shayna Bryan and Grace Lam scored two goals.

Washington is 10-0-0 on the 2007 campaign, including a 3-0-0 mark in road games this season.  The Bears are ranked fourth nationally and second in the Central Region, and are in a three-way tie for first place in the UAA with a 1-0-0 record in conference play.  Washington is the reigning UAA Champion, and has won the conference title in three of the last four seasons.  Emory is 13-3-2 all time against Washington, including eight wins in the last nine meetings.     

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 28-9-4, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 173-96-23 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

Washington is led by sixth-year Head Coach Wendy Dillinger.  She has compiled a 79-21-8 record with the Bears, and entered the season ranked 14th amongst all Division III coaches in winning percentage.  Dillinger and her staff were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year in 2006.  She is assisted by Lori Khazen, Carrie Marino and Chris Sellers.

EMORY NOTES
The Eagles' 9-0-1 record marks the best start through 10 games in school history, and the first time that Emory has gone undefeated through ten games since the team opened the 1999 season with a 7-0-3 record... Dating back to last season, Emory has won six straight home games, and is unbeaten in 12 of its last 13 games at the Woodruff P.E. Center... During the six-game home winning streak, the Eagles have outscored opponents 25-2... This season, Emory has outscored opponents 34-4, including a 24-1 advantage over the last five games... The Eagles have also outshot their opponents 198-47 in 2007... Emory tied a school record by holding Agnes Scott College shot-less during Monday's match, and scored seven or more goals for the second time this season and 16th time in school history... Emory goalkeeper Emily Fedeles has not allowed a goal in 436:59 career minutes, including 406:10 this season... The senior is 4-0-1 with three shutouts this season... Senior forward Jamie English leads all UAA players in goals (8) and points (18)... Junior forward Joyce Lam is second in the UAA with seven assists, a new career best, and is four assists shy of tying the school single-season record.


FOURTH-RANKED EAGLES REMAIN UNDEFEATED WITH 7-0 WIN OVER AGNES SCOTT

(Oct. 1) Emory University freshman Shayna Bryan and junior Grace Lam each scored a pair of goals, as the fourth-ranked Eagles defeated Agnes Scott College (Ga.) 7-0 at the Woodruff P.E. Center. 

The Eagles defense stifled the Scotties, holding them without a shot during the game.  It is the first time that Emory has kept an opponent shotless since the team accomplished the feat on September 17, 2006 against Greensboro College (N. Car.).

It was also the second time this season, and the 16th time in school history, that the Eagles have scored seven or more goals in a game.

Bryan notched the game-winner for the Eagles, her second goal of the season, coming in the 38th minute of the game off Maya Vankineni's fifth-assist of the season, and Lauren Smith's first-career assist.  Bryan also scored the final goal of the game in the 86th minute to cement the victory for Emory.

Grace Lam's two goals came during a five minute stretch, scoring on a penalty kick in the 44th minute and again in the 49th minute.  Lam, a defender, is now tied for second on the team with four goals this season.

Forward Joyce Lam continued to move the ball well, registering two assists to increase her team and conference leading total to seven.  The assist total is a new career best for Lam, and is more than any Eagle had in the 2006 season.  With eight games left in the regular season, the junior is four assists shy of matching Emory's single-season record of 11 assists, set by Carrie Eckenhoff in 2001.

Emory goalkeepers Emily Fedeles, Sarah Wilkerson, and Kirsten Baecher combined for the Eagles' seventh team shutout in 10 games this season.  Fedeles, who was credited with the win to improve to 4-0-1 this season, has not allowed a goal in 406 minutes this season.

The Eagles 9-0-1 record is the best start in school history, and the first time the team has gone undefeated through its first ten games since Emory went 7-0-3 in 1999.  Emory's record will be put to the test in their next match, when they will face University Athletic Association rival and fifth-ranked Washington University (Mo.) on Sunday at 1:30 PM.


FOURTH-RANKED EMORY RECORDS A SCORELESS TIE IN UAA OPENER

(Sept. 29) Emory University's Emily Fedeles recorded a complete-game shutout, but the offense was unable to register a goal, as the fourth-ranked Eagles and the University of Chicago (Ill.) battled to a scoreless tie in the University Athletic Association opener.

Fedeles played all 110 minutes for the Eagles, converting five saves on eight shots.  The senior goalkeeper is now 3-0-1 this season with three shutouts, and has not allowed a goal in 361 minutes this season. 

As a team, Emory has allowed just four goals to opponents this season, and just one goal in its last four games.  The Eagles' team goals against average this season is 0.43.

Emory's record moves to 8-0-1 with the tie, while Chicago is now 5-2-2.  The Eagles will be back in action on Monday, when they will host Agnes Scott College (Ga.) at 7:00 PM. 


FOURTH-RANKED WOMEN'S SOCCER TO TAKE ON UAA-OPPONENT CHICAGO

(Sept. 25) The Emory University women's soccer team will kick off its 2007 University Athletic Association (UAA) schedule, as the Eagles will hit the road to take on the University of Chicago (Ill.) at 2:30 PM on Saturday.

THE TEAMS
Emory will enter the game with an 8-0-0 record in the game, including a 2-0-0 mark in road games this season.  The Eagles are the fourth-ranked team in the nation and top-ranked team in the South Region, according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) polls.  Emory is coming off a pair of wins last week, including a 4-0 victory over Reinhardt College (Ga.) and a 4-1 win over Oglethorpe University (Ga.).

Chicago holds a 5-2-1 record on the 2007 campaign, including a 3-1-0 record at home this season.  On Tuesday, Chicago's 20-game home winning streak and 35-game home unbeaten streak was snapped with a 2-1 to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  The Maroons received votes in the latest NSCAA poll, and were ranked fifth in the Central Region.  The Eagles are 12-7-1 all time against Chicago, including a 1-0 win at home last season.  Emory's Whitney Briggs scored the contest's only goal during the last meeting.

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 28-9-4, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 172-96-22 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

Chicago is led by Head Coach Amy Reifert, in her 17th-season with the team.  She has compiled a 201-77-30 record with the Maroons, including three UAA tiles.  Reifert is assisted by Bannon Stroud.

EMORY NOTES
Emory has opened the season with an 8-0-0 record for just the second time in school history... The Eagles opened the 2001 season with nine-consecutive wins, but despite finishing the year with a 17-1-1 record and a sixth-ranking nationally, Emory was not selected to the NCAA Tournament that season... Emory is one win away from matching its total from the 2006 season... The Eagles have outscored opponents 27-4 this season, and outshot opponents 169-37 through eight games...  In the last three games, Emory has outscored opponents 17-1... Senior forward Jamie English has scored a team-best eight goals and 18 points through eight games this season... She is on pace to match the Emory single-season records in both points and goals... Junior Joyce Lam leads all Eagles with five assists this season... Three Emory goalkeepers, senior Emily Fedeles, junior Sarah Wilkerson and freshman Kirsten Baecher have combined for five shutouts and a 0.50 goals against average this season.


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED FOURTH IN NATION

(Sept. 25) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team was ranked fourth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, released Tuesday.  The Eagles jumped four spots from last week's poll, where they were ranked eighth.

The ranking is the highest in the program's history, equaling the fourth-ranking the Eagles received in the 1999 week four poll.  Emory has now been ranked in the top-10 in two consecutive polls for the first time since the 2001 season.  The Eagles were also the top-ranked team in the South Region for the second consecutive week.

Looking forward on the Emory schedule, on Sunday, October 7th, the Eagles will face the fifth-ranked team in the nation, and conference rival, Washington University (Mo.).  The matchup between the two top-five teams will take place at the Woodruff P.E. Center at 1:30 PM.


EIGHTH-RANKED EAGLES STAY UNDEFEATED WITH WIN OVER OGLETHORPE

(Sept. 22) Emory senior Jamie English scored her seventh goal in the last four games, and Sarah Wilkerson recorded her fifth win of the season in goal, as the Eagles defeated Oglethorpe University (Ga.) 4-1.

The Eagles took the early lead on English's eighth goal of the season, coming in the 10th minute of the game off a Whitney Briggs assist.  English leads all Emory scorers this season with 18 points.

Emory secured the lead with a Lucy Schlosser goal, coming in the 40th minute of the game off the first of two Shayna Bryan assists on the day.  Schlosser's goal was her first of season.

Despite an Oglethorpe goal late in the first half that pulled the game to within a goal, the Eagles received insurance goals from Lauren Smith and Briggs, securing the 4-1 victory for Emory.

Junior Sarah Wilkerson started and played the entire game in goal for Emory, improving her season record to 5-0-0.  She has allowed four goals in her five starts this season, and has a goals against average of 0.79 during the 2007 campaign.

The Eagles outshot the Stormy Petrels 34-5 during the game, including a 19-2 mark in the second half of the game.  Emory has outscored its opponents 17-1 in its last three games.

With the win, Emory improves to 8-0-0 on the season, the second-best start in school history.  Next for the Eagles, ranked eighth in the nation, will be conference play, as they will travel to play their University Athletic Association rival University of Chicago (Ill.) on Saturday at 2:30 PM.


EIGHTH-RANKED EMORY CONTINUES WINNING WAYS WITH VICTORY OVER REINHARDT

(Sept. 22) Four different Eagles each recorded a goal and an assist, as the eighth-ranked Emory University women's soccer team improved to 7-0-0 on the 2007 campaign, defeating Reinhardt College (Ga.) 4-0 at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

Emory struck early in the game, as junior Alexa Wahr scored the eventual game-winning goal, her third of the season in the seventh minute of the game.  Junior Maya Vankineni, who assisted on Wahr's goal, scored one of her own, the first of her Emory career, less than four minutes later off assists from Joyce Lam and Jamie English.

The Eagles added two second half goals to cement the lead, one by English (her team-leading seventh goal of the season) and another from Joyce Lam (her third of the year).

English, a senior, has scored six goals and two assists in her last three games, and leads Emory this season with 16 points.  Lam is second on the team with three goals and a team-leading five assists for 11 points.

Junior midfielder Kerri Lydon assisted on two of the goals during the game, her first two of the season.

Senior Emily Fedeles played the entirety of the game in goal for the Eagles, recording two saves en route to her second individual shutout, and improving her record to 3-0-0 this season.  The Eagles' defense held Reinhardt to just two shots on goal during the game.

Emory has outscored their opponents 13-0 over the last two games, and 23-3 through seven games this season.  The 7-0-0 start for Emory is just the second in school history, and team's best start since the Eagles started the 2001 season 9-0-0.   

The Eagles will return to action on Sunday, when they will look to continue their winning streak at their cross-town rival, Oglethorpe University (Ga.), at 1:00 PM.


EIGHTH-RANKED WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKS TO STAY PERFECT

(Sept. 20) The Emory University Women's Soccer team, ranked eighth in the nation and first in the South Region, will look to remain undefeated this weekend, as they will host Reinhardt College (Ga.) on Saturday, and travel to Oglethorpe University (Ga.) on Sunday.

THE TEAMS
Emory University will begin the weekend with a 6-0-0 record, marking the first time the Eagles have won each of their first six games since the 2001 season.  Emory is 3-0-0 at home this year, 1-0-0 in road games, and 2-0-0 in neutral games.  The Eagles are coming off a pair of wins last weekend, including a 3-2 win over the then-17th ranked Rhodes College (Tenn.), and a 9-0 victory over the University of the South (Tenn.).

Reinhardt College, a NAIA institution, is 4-1-1 this season, including a 1-1-0 in road games.  Emory won the match between the two teams last season, 7-1, the first meeting between the two programs.  Both Joyce Lam and Kerri Lydon recorded a goal and an assist in the game. 

On Sunday. Emory will battle an 0-3-0 Oglethorpe team.  The Eagles are 17-1-0 all time against the Stormy Petrels, including a 3-0 win last season.  Over her career, senior Jamie English has recorded one goal and two assists against Oglethorpe. 

THE COACHES
Emory is led Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 26-9-4, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 172-96-22 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

The Reinhardt College Eagles are led by Andy Kaplan, who has begun his sixth season as the head coach of the team.  He is assisted by Lauren Hewett.

Oglethorpe is led by Associate Head Coach Gerry Austin.  He is assisted by goalkeepers coach Kostas Hatzikoutelis.

EMORY NOTES
Emory's 6-0-0 start is just the third in school history... The Eagles 2001 squad opened its season with a 9-0-0 record, the best start in the program's history, and finished the season with a 17-1-1 record... The Eagles have outscored their opponents 19-3 this season, including an 8-1 advantage in the first period of games... Emory has outshot its opponents 117-29 through the first six games of the season... Four of the Eagles six game-winning goals this season have come in the final eight minutes of regulation or overtime... Senior forward Jamie English was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week after recording five goals over two games last weekend, including a ‘hat trick' against the University of the South... English leads all Emory scorers with a career 13 points and a career best six goals... She now has 16 career goals, the 17th-most in school history, and 44 career points, the 19th-best total in school history... Junior Joyce Lam leads all Eagles with four assists this season, two shy of matching her total from last season... Goalkeepers Sarah Wilkerson and Emily Fedeles have combined for a 6-0-0 record and a 0.50 goals against average this season for Emory.


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER MOVES UP TO EIGHTH IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

(Sept. 18) The Emory University Women's Soccer team jumped 17 spots in the latest Adidas/ National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National poll, climbing to eighth in the rankings.

The eighth ranking nationally is the highest Emory has been ranked since the 2002 season, when the Eagles were placed sixth in the first-regular season poll of the year.  The 17-spot jump from 25th in last week's poll is best in-season increase in the program's history.

The improvement in the poll comes on the heels of two regional wins last weekend.  The Eagles defeated the then-17th ranked Rhodes College (Tenn.) 3-2, and shutout the University of the South (Tenn.) 9-0.  Emory is now ranked first in the South regional poll, moving up from fourth in the region last week.

Emory will return to action this weekend, when they will face Reinhart College (Ga.) at 2:00 PM on Saturday.


EMORY'S ENGLISH HONORED AS A UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

(Sept. 18) Jamie English, a junior forward on the Emory Women's Soccer team, was named the Women's Soccer Athlete of the Week after scoring five goals over two games last weekend.

English scored three goals and added an assist against the University of the South (Tenn.), recording her first career ‘hat trick' and guiding the Eagles to a 9-0 win.  She scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 Emory win over the 17th-ranked Rhodes College (Tenn.).  English leads the Eagles with six goals (tying her career high) and 13 points this season.

Emory University has opened the season with a 6-0-0 record for the first time since the 2003 season, and the third time in the program's history.


25th-RANKED EMORY DEFEATS SEWANEE TO IMPROVE TO 6-0-0

(Sept. 16) Emory University senior Jamie English recorded the first hat trick of her career, and Emily Fedeles and Kirsten Baecher combined for a shutout in goal, as the Eagles defeated the University of the South (Tenn.) 9-0.

The Eagles scored early and often in the game, as Grace Lam scored her second goal of the season in the second minute, off a free kick from her sister Joyce Lam

The Eagles continued to add goals throughout the first half.  Joyce Lam scored her first two goals of the season, one in the 12th minute, and another in the 17th.  English added two of her three goals in the first half, scoring on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute and again on a Brittany Manseau assist in the 23rd minute.  Freshman Lauren Smith and Julia Sanders added first half goals as well, to increase the Eagles' lead to 7-0 heading into the second half.

Emory added two goals to their lead in the second half, scoring on Kerri Lydon's second goal of the year, and Jamie English's third goal of the day and fifth of the season. 

English's hat trick was the 32nd in school history, and the first since Ali Sullivan scored three goals against Reinhart College (Ga.) on September 13, 2006.  English recorded three goals and an assist in the game, setting a new career-best with seven points on the day.  She has scored five goals in her last trhee games, and now leads the Eagles in 2007 with five goals and 11 points.

Joyce Lam recorded a pair of goals and three assists on the day for seven points as well.  Lam leads all Eagles in 2007 with four assists and has eight points this year.

Fedeles got the start in goal for the Eagles, playing 71 minutes and earning her second win of the season and improving to 2-0-0 on the year.  The shutout for Emory was the team's fourth through six games this season.

With the win, the Eagles, ranked 25th in the nation, improve to 6-0-0 this season, marking just the second time in school history that both the men's and women's soccer teams have won each of their first six games (2003 was the only other season).  It is also just the third time in the program's history that the team has started the season 6-0-0.

Emory will return to action on Saturday, hosting Reinhart College at the Woodruff P.E. Center at 2:00 PM.


25th-RANKED EMORY COMES FROM BEHIND IN 3-2 WIN OVER NO. 17 RHODES

(Sept. 15) The Emory University Women's Soccer Team, ranked 25th in the nation, scored three goals in the second half, coming from behind to defeat the 17th-ranked Rhodes College (Tenn.) 3-2.  The win keeps the Eagles perfect on the 2007 campaign, as they improve to 5-0-0.

The Lynx opened up a 1-0 lead in the first half of the game, scoring in the 37th minute.  After Emory goalkeeper Sarah Wilkerson deflected two shots on goal, Rhodes forward Melanie Sharry launched a third shot on goal that the junior goalkeeper could not defend.

Emory came back strong in the second half, scoring two unanswered goals.  Senior Jamie English struck first for the Eagles, scoring her second goal of the season off assists from Joyce Lam and Alexa Wahr to tie the game within two minutes of the start of the half. 

The Eagles scored again in the 74th-minute of the match, taking a 2-1 lead on Shayna Bryan's first career goal.  The sophomore scored the goal on a breakaway following a steal.

The Emory lead was short lived, as the Lynx tied the game in the 83rd minute.  However, less than three minutes later, a Rhodes defender deflected a ball into her own net.  The ‘own goal' gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead, which they would hold onto for the final five minutes of the match.

The Eagles have now won four of their five matches this year in the final eight minutes of the game.  Nine of Emory's 10 goals this season have come in the second half or overtime.

With the key win over a regionally-ranked opponent, Emory improved to 5-0-0 for just the third time in school history and the first time since the 2003 season.  The Eagles will be back in action on Sunday, when they will host the University of the South (Tenn.) at 1:00 PM.


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER ENTERS THE NSCAA TOP-25

(Sept. 11) The Emory University women's soccer team has moved into the top-25 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.  The poll, released on Tuesday, ranks the Eagles 25th in the nation.

The Eagles hold a 4-0-0 record this year, winning the first four games of the season for the third time in school history, and the first time since the 2003 season.

The ranking marks the first time since November 2005 that the Eagles have been featured in the top 25 nationally.  Emory was ranked 18th in the final regular season poll of the 2005 season, before falling out after the NCAA Tournament.  

Emory was also ranked fourth in the South Region.  The Eagles will be facing the 17th-ranked team in the nation and third-ranked team regionally, Rhodes College (Tenn.), this weekend at the Woodruff P.E. Center.


NO. 25 EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER OPENS A THREE-GAME HOMESTAND

(Sept. 11) The Emory University will begin a three-game home stand, its second-longest of the season, with two matches this weekend, as the Eagles will host Rhodes College (Tenn.) at 1:00 PM on Saturday and the University of the South (Tenn.) at 1:00 PM on Sunday. 

THE TEAMS
Emory will begin the weekend with a 4-0-0 record, including a win in their only previous home match of the season.  The Eagles are coming off two victories in Lynchburg, VA last weekend, one against Lynchburg College (Va.) and the other over Guilford College (N. Car.).  Emory is ranked 25th in the nation and fourth in the region according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.

Rhodes will enter the match with a 3-1-0 record, including a 2-0-0 mark in games on the road.  In their three wins this season, the Lynx have outscored their opponents 13-0.  Emory outshot Rhodes 25-7 when the two teams met last season, but the game ended in a scoreless tie.  The Eagles are 9-1-1 all time against the Lynx, with Leanna Racine registering a goal and Jamie English an assist in games against Rhodes.  The Lynx are ranked 17 in the nation, and third in the South Region in the latest NSCAA polls.

The University of the South will come to Atlanta with a 2-1 record in 2007 and a 1-1 mark on the road.  Emory is 17-1-2 all time against the Tigers, including a 3-1 win last season, during which Joyce Lam scored two goals and added an assist.

THE COACHES
Emory is led by third-year Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 24-9-4, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 170-96-22 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

Rhodes is coached by Bobby Lessentine, who is in his third season at the team's helm.  The Lynx are 28-8-4 during his time as head coach.  He is assisted by Lilli Bewley.

The Tigers are led by head coach Dylan Harrison, who is beginning his second season in the position.  He compiled an 8-6-1 record during his inaugural season with the team in 2006.  He is assisted by Lacey Largeteau.

EMORY NOTES
Emory has outshot its opponents 87-12 this season, and outscored opposing teams 7-1 through four games this season... The Eagles have won their first four games of the season for the third time in school history, and the first time since the 2003 season (Emory finished 14-5 in 2003)... Junior Kerri Lydon scored the ‘golden goal' on a penalty kick in an overtime victory over Lynchburg College (Va.)... The ‘golden goal' was the 12th in school history, and the first since Nancy Wilson ('06) scored the game-winner in overtime against the University of the South during the first round of the NCAA Tournament... It was the first ‘golden goal' scored on a penalty kick since Emory started keeping track of penalty kick goals in 2000... Emory goalkeeper Sarah Wilkerson has started and played the entirety of each of the last three games, recording a 3-0-0 record, a 0.33 goals against average and two shutouts... Junior Alexa Wahr scored two goals against Guilford College, the first multiple-goal game of her career.


WAHR'S TWO-GOAL DAY LEADS EMORY OVER GUILFORD

(Sept. 9) Emory University junior Alexa Wahr scored two goals, including the game-winner, leading the Eagles to a 3-1 win over Guilford College (N. Car.).  The win gives the Eagles their fourth-consecutive victory to start the 2007 campaign.

Wahr gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead heading into halftime, scoring an unassisted goal, her first of the season, in the 21st minute of play.  After the Quakers tied the game halfway through the second half, Wahr struck again, scoring the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Maya Vankineni

Vankineni recorded her second assist of the day, helping senior Jamie English to her first goal of the season.  Vankineni now leads the team with three assists on the campaign.

Goalkeeper Sarah Wilkerson earned her third victory in as many games this season, converting four saves and allowing just the one goal. 

The Eagles have now won three of their four games this season in the final seven minutes of regulation or overtime.  After outshooting Guilford 32-7 in the game, the Eagles have now outshot their opponents 87-12, and outscored opposing teams 7-1 in four games this year.

The Eagles will try to remain undefeated as they return home to the Woodruff P.E. Center on Saturday to take on Rhodes College (Tenn.) at 1:00 PM.


EMORY DEFEATS LYNCHBURG ON LYDON'S OVERTIME PENALTY KICK

(Sept. 8) Emory University's Kerri Lydon broke a scoreless tie in overtime with a game-winning penalty kick, and goalkeeper Sarah Wilkerson recorded her second-straight shutout as the Eagles beat the Hornets 1-0.  With the win, the Eagles improve to 3-0-0 this year, while the Hornets drop to 2-1-0.

Lydon's penalty kick came in the 96th minute of the game, after freshman Lauren Smith was fouled on a scoring attempt.  The goal was the first of the season for the junior, who finished second on the team in scoring with 16 points last season.

The Eagles continued to dominate defensively, recording their third shutout in as many games this season.  Emory's backfield held Lynchburg to just one shot (none on goal) in the contest, the second time this season they have accomplished the feat.  The Eagles have now outshot opponents 55-5 through three games this year.

Wilkerson has now recorded complete-game shutouts in both of her starts this year, the first two of her Emory career.  The junior is now 3-0 with no goals allowed in 501 minutes in the net over her three years with the Eagles.

Emory improved to 3-0-0 for the third time in the last five seasons.  The Eagles will try to extend their three-game winning streak during a neutral game on Sunday, facing the Guilford College (N. Car.) Quakers at 1:00 PM to wrap the weekend up.  


EAGLES LOOK TO CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS IN LYNCHBURG, VA

(Sept. 5) The Emory University women's soccer team will look to extend its season-opening two-game winning streak this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to Lynchburg, VA to take on Lynchburg College (Va.) and Guilford College (N. Car.).  Emory will face Lynchburg at 1:00 PM on Saturday, and Guilford at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

THE TEAMS
Emory will begin the weekend with a 2-0-0 record after recording two shutout wins during the opening weekend of the season.  On Saturday, the Eagles picked up a 1-0 win over Mississippi College on a goal by Talia Dweck.  On Sunday, the Eagles defeated Maryville University (Mo.) 2-0, after freshman Stephanie de Souza scored the game-winning goal, and assisted on another.  Emory received votes in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ adidas South Region poll.

Lynchburg will enter the weekend with a 2-0-0 record, after picking up two wins at the Haverford College Kickoff Tournament.  The Eagles are 2-3-3 all time against the Hornets, including a 2-0 loss last season.  Lynchburg is ranked eighth in the South Region.

Guilford will begin the weekend with an 0-2-0 record.  Emory is 5-1-1 all time against the Quakers, with the Eagles only loss to Guilford coming last season with a 2-1 decision.

THE COACHES
Emory is led by third-year Head Coach Sue Patberg.  Now in her third season with the Eagles, Patberg has led the program to an overall record of 24-9-4, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 170-96-22 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.  She is assisted by Jene Baclawski and Jason Lowe.

Lynchburg is led by head coach Dr. Todd Olsen, who has been with the Hornets for the past 13 seasons.  He has compiled a record of 190-56-19 during his time with the team.  He is assisted by Elizabeth Nickerson.

Guilford is led by head coach Eric Lewis, who has compiled a 45-33-7 record in four seasons with the Quakers.  He is assisted by Emily Johnson.


EMORY NOTES

The 2-0-0 start for the Eagles is the 10th for the program since 1986, and the fifth in the last seven year... Emory opened its season with two shutout victories, marking the third season since 2003 that the team has done so... The Eagles recorded six-consecutive shutouts to open the season in 2003, and seven-consecutive shutouts at the start of the 2005 season... The Eagles have used two goalkeepers this year, with senior Emily Fedeles recording the shutout victory against Mississippi, and junior Sarah Wilkerson picking up the shutout against Maryville... Both goalkeepers were making their first career starts... Emory has outshot its opponents 41-4 in two games this season.


EMORY IMPROVES TO 2-0-0 WITH WIN OVER MARYVILLE

(Sept. 4) Emory University freshman Stephanie de Souza scored her first collegiate goal, and goalkeeper Sarah Wilkerson recorded her first career shutout, as the Eagles defeated Maryville University (Mo.) 2-0 at the Nike Kick-Off Classic.

After a scoreless first half, de Souza struck for the Eagles in the 55th-minute, off of assists from Leanna Racine and Melanie Levy.  Less than five minutes later, de Souza helped give the Eagles some breathing room, directing a corner kick to Maya Vankineni, who set Grace Lam for a header goal.  Lam's goal was the first of her Emory career.

Wilkerson, a junior making her first collegiate start, played all 90 minutes in goal for the Eagles, converting three saves during the outing.  The shutout was the second in as many games this season for Emory. 

The Eagles outshot Maryville 22-3 during the game, including a 14-2 advantage in the second half.  In two games this season, Emory has outshot its opponents 41-4.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 2-0-0, while Maryville drops to 0-2-0.  Emory's 2-0-0 start is the team's 10th since 1986, and the fifth in the last seven years.  The Eagles will be back in action next weekend, when they will face Lynchburg College (Va.) on Saturday, and Guilford College (N. Car.) on Sunday in Lynchburg, VA.


DWECK GAME-WINNER LIFTS EMORY OVER MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE

(Sep. 1) Sophomore Talia Dweck's goal in the 85th-minute was all Emory University needed in its season opener, as the Eagles defeated Mississippi College 1-0 at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

"It was wonderful to get that goal from Talia," said Emory Head Coach Sue Patberg.  "We really felt like we deserved to win the game."

Dweck scored her goal in the waning minutes of regulation, after stealing the ball away from Mississippi College.  Following the takeaway, Dweck launched a shot from well outside the box, that found its way into the back of the net.

The Eagles had been frustrated throughout the day by Mississippi goalkeeper Brittany Patrick, who recorded nine saves in the contest.  Emory outshot the Lady Choctaws 19-1 during the game.

Playing in just her fourth-career game, senior goalkeeper Emily Fedeles recorded her first-career shutout, playing all 90 minutes of the contest.  She received help from her defenders as well, including a defender-save from Grace Lam, who blocked a shot headed towards the goal.

With the win, Emory improves to 1-0-0 on the season, while the Lady Choctaws drop to 0-1-0.  The Eagles will be back in action tomorrow, as they will travel to Maryville, TN, where they will face Maryville University (Mo.).


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER TO OPEN SEASON WITH TWO WEEKEND MATCHES

(Aug. 29)The Emory University Women's soccer team will begin its 2007 campaign this weekend, as the Eagles will host Mississippi College on Saturday at 2:00 PM, before travelling to Maryville, TN to play a neutral match against Maryville University (Mo.). 

THE RECORDS
Emory will enter the 2007 season after compiling a 9-6-2 record in 2006, the program's 18th-consecutive winning year.  The Eagles compiled a 6-1-1 record at home last year, and were 0-1-0 in their lone neutral game.

The Mississippi College Lady Choctaws finished the 2006 season with a 14-6-0 record, including a 6-3 mark on the road.  Saturday's meeting will be the first between the two women's soccer programs.

Maryville is coming off of a 13-6-1 season, during which they went 2-0-0 in neutral-site games.  Emory is 0-1-0 all time against Maryville, with the only previous meeting between the two teams occurring in 1989.

THE COACHES
Emory is led by third-year Head Coach Sue Patberg.  In her first two seasons with the Eagles, Patberg led the program to an overall record of 22-9-4, which included a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  In 14 years as a head coach, which includes stints at Minnesota and Georgia, Patberg has compiled a career mark of 168-96-22 and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. 

Mississippi is coached by Darryl Longabaugh, who is entering his tenth season with the Lady Choctaws. 

Maryville is led by ninth-year Head Coach Eric Delabar.  Delabar holds a 98-55-7 record during his eight previous seasons with the Saints.  He is assisted by Joel Roschnafsky and Todd Wallace.

EMORY NOTES

Emory will be returning three of the team's top four scorers from 2006 - juniors Kerri Lydon (five goals and six assists for 16 points) and Joyce Lam (four goals and six assists for 14 points), and senior Whitney Briggs (six goals and one assist for 13 points)... Also returning from the Eagles' 2006 starting lineup are forward Jamie English, midfielder Alexa Wahr and defenders Grace Lam, Leanna Racine, Kim Grelli and Brittany Manseau... Emory outscored its opponents 38-17 last season, and outshot opposing teams 344-127... English scored a goal during the Eagles' rain-shortened preseason match against the University of West Georgia... She was assisted by Joyce Lam on the play.      


EMORY SPORTS TO UTILIZE LIVE ONLINE STATS BEGINNING IN 2007

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Aug. 24) Starting with the Fall 2007 season, Emory University fans will be able to follow games live online for free, through Emory's new live statistics feature.

Live statistics online will be available for all men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, softball, and baseball home games.  This service will be provided in addition to the Teamline audio broadcasts of all Emory home games.

To access the live stats for a game, go to your selected sports' homepage the day of the event, and click on the ‘Live Stats' logo and link.  The page will refresh itself every 30 seconds, keeping you updated with the most current plays.  

To look at an example of the live stats screen, please click on the sport of your choice below:

Baseball & Softball
Men's & Women's Basketball
Volleyball
Men's & Women's Soccer


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER EXHBITION ENDS IN WEATHER-SHORTENED TIE

(Aug. 23) The Emory Women's Soccer exhibition match against the University of West Georgia ended in a 1-1 tie, after just 20 minutes of play.  The remainder of the match was cancelled due to weather from a passing thunderstorm.

Senior Jamie English scored the lone Emory goal, striking in the 11th-minute of the match.  She was assisted on the goal by junior Joyce Lam, who tied for the team lead in assists in 2006, with six during the season.

Emory will open its regular season at home on Saturday, September 1st, against Mississippi College.


EMORY WOMEN'S SOCCER LOOKS FOR A RETURN TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT IN 2007

(Aug. 20) An 18th-consecutive winning season.  Just one home loss during the season.  A  .500 record in difficult University Athletic Association (UAA) play.  And, a record-setting season for the goalkeeper.  For most schools, this would be a fantastic season.  But for the Eagles, who didn't make the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in the past five seasons, the 2006 season left a bitter taste in the team's mouth, and a desire for more in 2007.

"Overall, we had some good wins last season, but felt that it was a bit of a letdown from the season before, after we advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament," said Emory Head Coach Sue Patberg.  "We were a pretty talented team last year, and we have a good core returning, and so we feel like our expectations should be to return to the NCAA tournament."

Offensively, the Eagles will be returning two of their key forwards, Joyce Lam and Whitney Briggs.  During her sophomore campaign in 2006, Lam tied for the team lead with six assists, and added four goals of her own for 14 points, the third highest total on the team.  Meanwhile, Briggs, who transferred from the University of South Carolina before the 2006 season, made 12 starts for the Eagles, and finished second on the team with six goals. 

Emory will also be relying on a group of incoming freshman to take some of the pressure off of Lam and Briggs.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles will have to recover from the loss of two of the team's 2006 captains, goalkeeper Amy Franciscovich and Laurel O'Neal.  The goalkeeper position in particular, which Franciscovich held for four of the last five seasons, will be interesting to watch as senior Emily Fedeles and junior Sarah Wilkerson compete for the starting job, along with freshman Kirsten Baecher.

The Eagles' backfield will be anchored by three veterans, Grace Lam, Leanna Racine, and Brittany Manseau, who each started at least 15 games for Emory in 2006, contributing to the team's 0.98 goals against average.

"They're all very confident and they're all rising juniors, so that's great for whoever is behind them in the goalkeeper position," said Patberg.

Emory will open its regular season on Saturday, September 1st at home against Mississippi College.  The real test for the Eagles this season however, will take place when UAA play begins.  Three UAA teams have been ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/ Adidas preseason poll, including the 11th-ranked Washington University (Mo.), who the Eagles will face at home on October 7th, the 12th-ranked University of Rochester (N.Y.), which will host Emory on October 14th, and the 25th-ranked University of Chicago (Ill.), who the Eagles kick off UAA play against on September 29th in Chicago.

Despite the tough schedule, however, Coach Patberg thinks the Eagles have the pieces to be playing games well into November this season.

"We have a lot of strong leadership within our team and it's a very competitive group, so we're hoping to channel that to compete on the field."