Junior Nate Sampson netted two goals, his first-career multi-goal game, but it was not enough as the Emory University men's soccer program fell at home to crosstown rival Oglethorpe University by a score of 4-2 Friday night at the Woodruff PE Center.
Oglethorpe's Abraham Lopez led off the scoring with his third and fourth goals of the season 11 minutes apart mid-way through the first half. Lopez scored his first of the night in the 25th minute following a through ball by Andrew Grodhaus which allowed Lopez to beat a sliding Cole Gallagher to the back of the net. Later in the 36th, Lopez was in the right position to take advantage of loose ball in the box, one timing it in off a deflection following a cross that sailed into the middle of traffic right in front of the net.
Sampson cut the Eagles' deficit to one in the 51st minute, beating the Stormy Petrels' Scott Zoino with a shot to the near post. Sophomore Matt Engler found an unchecked Sampson on the right side of the 18 which gave Sampson the golden opportunity to beat a diving Zoino with a shot off the post.
Oglethorpe responded less than two minutes later as Josh Bronstorph had an excellent set piece strike to the top shelf for his first goal of the year. Sampson brought the Eagles to within one again in the 78th, firing in a well-executed pass from senior Corey Levine to the far post. Levine deked out two Stormy Petrels defenders before finding a streaking wide open Sampson at the top of the 18 of the left side.
OU added an insurance goal in the closing seconds as James Williams scored on an empty net after a turnover deep in the Emory zone.
The contest saw Oglethorpe lead in the shots department 19-14 however the Eagles held a decisive advantage in corner kicks, 7-1. Both teams combined for 29 fouls and eight yellow cards.
Emory looks to snap its current two-game skid Sunday night when the teams welcomes Birmingham-Southern to Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM at the WoodPEC.