Second half fury from No. 8 Emory downs No. 14 W&L in overtime

Dylan Ritch

ATLANTA, Ga. – An Emory goal in the second minute of overtime gave the No. 14 Washington and Lee men's soccer team its first loss of the season, 5-4, on Saturday night in the second day of the Sonny Carter Invitational.

Just 70 seconds into overtime, senior forward Moustafa Khattab hit a one-timer inside the right post after a throw-in was headed into the air and out towards the edge of the 18-yard box to give the eighth-ranked Eagles (2-0) the win.

With the Generals (1-1) leading, 3-1, at the start of the second half, the Eagles staged a rally starting with a goal from first-year defender Will Tichy in the 56th minute followed by the equalizer from sophomore defender Josh Berman in the 65th minute. Emory claimed its second lead of the match just nine minutes later when first-year forward Ethan Cohen beat W&L sophomore goalkeeper Alex Harper (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) on a breakaway.

In the 82nd minute, junior defender Griffin Scott (Dallas, Texas/Dallas Jesuit) knocked a pass from senior midfielder Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) into the goal on a corner kick opportunity to tie the game at 4-4.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the game with a bicycle kick goal from senior midfielder Tyler Santee in the 15th minute. W&L responded just 48 seconds later when senior forward Tyler Runge (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) struck a loose ball to the top corner following a blocked shot. The Generals then took the lead thanks to another Runge goal when the senior headed in a cross from Ritch in the 24th minute.

W&L took a 3-1 lead into halftime after sophomore midfielder Harris Salom (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) knocked in a cross from Runge in the 26th minute.

Runge's five points marked a career high and it was his first multi-goal game and his first career assist. Senior midfielder Will Rowson (Fairfax, Va./Robinson Secondary School) led the Generals with four shots in the contest while Ritch and Salom joined Runge and Rowson as the only Generals with multiple shots in the game.

Harper (1-1) tallied five saves as the W&L net minder in 91:10 of action.

Khattab led the Eagles with five shots in the match, four on goal, with senior midfielder Aidan Datene coming in with four and one on target. Sophomore goalkeeper Cole Gallagher improved to 2-0 after stopping 2-of-6 shots in 91:10 in goal.

For the game, Emory outshot W&L, 20-14, and edged the Generals in corner kicks, 9-5.

At the conclusion of the Sonny Carter Invitational, Rowson and Runge were named to the All-Tournament along with senior midfielder Kevin Lencioni (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and senior defender Jack Miller (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic).

The Generals will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 8, when they travel to Franklin & Marshall for a 1:00 pm nonconference matchup.

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