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ATLANTA, Ga. - A handful of near misses proved costly for the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team on Saturday night after an early goal allowed host Emory University to escape with the 1-0 victory to close out the Sonny Carter Invitational.
"I was really pleased with our response tonight," said Head Coach John Yorke. "The guys gave a fantastic effort and we could have gotten a good result with a few breaks. We hit the crossbar and both posts and had a lot of good movement forward."
The homestanding Eagles (2-0) seized the lead in the 13th minute with Cody Gardiner scoring off an assist from Aidan Datene. Emory enjoyed a 12-2 advantage in shots in the opening half but the tide turned in the final 45 minutes, with PLU ripping off seven shots, including two landing on frame.
Among the close shaves in the second half for PLU (0-1) was Bennett Bugbee blasting a shot that hit the post in the 51st minute while a Levi Woolley header in the 71st minute ricocheted off the crossbar.
RJ Noll made his second start in net for PLU, netting six saves while Emory keeper Cole Gallagher secured the shutout, making a pair of saves. Noll along with Chris Trussel would both be honored as part of the 12-player All-Tournament team.
"We had some great defensive work and competitive effort by the guys. We come to play teams like Emory and Oglethorpe in our non-conference slate to test ourselves and even though we didn't get the result tonight we definitely passed the test."
The Lutes return home and host California Institute of Technology on Monday at 4 p.m. on the artificial turf of East Field.