NCAA Men's Soccer: Berry 2, Emory 1 in two overtimes

Golden goal, photo by Gerry Shaw
Golden goal, photo by Gerry Shaw

ATLANTA -- Zak Wallingford scored in the 108th minute as Berry College rallied for a 2-1 win over host Emory University on Friday night in an NCAA Division III first round game.

Daniel Shaw earned the assist on the game-winner. Shaw got free on the end line and found an unmarked Wallingford, who then blasted a right-footed shot from 15 yards out for the goal.

"There were a lot of things going on in my head, but I just tried to keep my composure and put the shot on target."

The Vikings improved to 13-6-1 and will face #12 Whitworth (16-1-2) at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Atlanta.

Berry, however, had to come from behind to secure the win. In the 31st minute, Emory got on the scoreboard. Jason Anrejchak's shot was saved by Jon Nelson, but Sebastian Hardington pounced on the rebound and scored. The goal was the first allowed by the Vikings in five games.

Emory outshot Berry, 12-4, in the first half and held a 1-0 lead at the break. Nelson had five saves in the first half.

Zachary Wroblewski entered for Berry at goalkeeper in the second half. He played the rest of the game and made three saves.

The Vikings put the pressure on in the second half, outshooting the Eagles, 11-3.

Berry finally got the equalizer in the 88th minute when two freshmen connected. Alex Rotoloni sent a corner kick to the far post where Bobby Grunow finished with a header.

For the game, Berry led in shots (21-18) and corner kicks (7-2). Abe Hanigan recorded five saves for Emory. The 11th-ranked Eagles' season ended with a 13-4-2 record.

"The last three or four games we have really come alive in the second half," said Berry Head Coach Richard Vardy. "In the SAA tournament, and again today, the guys really stepped up."

The win was the fifth straight for Berry and pushed its unbeaten streak to six.

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