#11 Kennesaw State Gets by #22 Emory in 3OT

On April 1, the Kennesaw State Owls (#11) edged their divisional rival Emory Eagles (#22) 11-10 in three overtimes. Owl midfielder Andrew Congleton scored the game winner 1:46 into the third overtime period. The game was a classic battle between SELC rivals that really gave the capacity crowd at Candler Athletic Complex something to cheer about.

The game started with KSU jumping to 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles were able to keep the game close at the break with a 6-3 score. Emory coach Dave Reed made some adjustments at half and the Eagles came out hot. Emory scored 3 goals in the third quarter and 4 goals in the fourth. Emory's Eric Brandle was able to tie the game with 29.3 seconds left. KSU kept a comfortable lead most of the game but the Emory squad put on a terrific come back to send the contest into sudden death. The game was a constant up and down competition demonstrating the strong reputations of both programs.

Both squads had chances in the first two overtime periods. At that point both coaches matched pivotal positional moves like a chess match in between time outs. When the dust settled, KSU's Congleton ripped a shot that got past Emory goalie Alex Reiss. Both teams were exhausted after this hard-fought battle in Atlanta. Leading the scoring were Emory's Brandle with 5 goals and KSU's Isom White with 4 goals.

With this win the Kennesaw State Owls earn their first divisional crown and head to the SELC Playoffs as one of the top seeded teams. KSU head coach Ken Byers commented," We allowed Emory to play back into the game and this one could of went either way. Both of our teams know each other quite well and we expect to see each other real soon in the playoffs again."

This game concluded the Eagles regular season and their squad will be in a position to face the SCAD Bees in the SELC tournament. The KSU Owls hit the road to face the high powered Elon Phoenix and UNCC next weekend. KSU will then finish their regular season against SCAD at home. The SELC Playoffs begin at the end on April.


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