The Emory University men's soccer team dropped its University Athletic Association opener Saturday afternoon, falling to No.-6 ranked University of Chicago, 5-0, at Stagg Field in Chicago, IL.
Four second half goals paved the way for the Maroons in the conference opener as UC improved to 5-1-4. Chicago goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis made six saves in the match to keep the Eagles (5-4-1) off the scoreboard, including four off the boot of junior Nate Sampson.
Emory and the Maroons were held scoreless for the majority of the first half before UC's Bryce Millington put Chicago ahead shortly before the breaking, finishing with a close range header following a corner kick at the 42:19 mark.
The Maroons struck quickly to open the second half, pulling ahead with goals by Sahil Madi 22 seconds into the half and by Michael Johnson shortly after in the 52nd minute. Modi sent a looping shot to the far post over sophomore Max Carlson before Johnson finished to the left post on the back heel pass from Kyle Ruark.
Chicago rounded out the scoring on goals by Jorge Blanco in the 72nd and Peyton Lane within the final minute of regulation.
Sampson paced all Emory field players with four of the team's six shots on goal but were denied by several impressive stops by Katsimpails. For the game, UC doubled up Emory in shots, 18-9, and held a 9-6 advantage in shots on goal.
The Eagles host Covenant College Tuesday night at 7:00 PM before resuming UAA action next Saturday, October 12th, against Washington University at 1:30 PM.