No. 11 Men's Soccer Falls at No. 20 University of Rochester, 2-1, in Overtime
Rochester, N.Y., October 17, 2010 – The No. 11 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team suffered its first setback of 2010 with a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 20 University of Rochester on Sunday, Oct. 17, in Rochester, N.Y.
Unbeaten through its first 13 games of the year, Washington University was off to its best start to a season since 1979, when the Red and Green lasted 15 games before their first loss, posting a 12-0-2 record in the process.
The Bears now sit at 10-1-3 overall, and fall to 2-1-1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) action. The squad still controls its own fate in its pursuit of a conference championship.
With three conference games remaining, Washington University sits one point behind first-place New York University, who is 2-0-2 in UAA action. The Bears host New York at Francis Field on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m.
Rochester (7-1-5) struck first on Sunday, with Steve Welles beating Washington University goalkeeper Andrew Serio in the 20th minute. Just over three minutes later it was Kenji Kobayashi pulling Washington University back into the game with an unassisted chip shot over Rochester’s Mike Moranz.
The two teams played to a scoreless second half before heading into overtime; it marked the third-straight game the Bears played an overtime game and the Red and Green are now 2-1-3 in games decided in extra time this season.
Rochester did not take long to score the golden goal in the first overtime, as Max Fan netted the game-winner after just 1:18, beating WUSTL freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson.
Serio and Jebson split time in net and each let up a goal in the loss. Serio started the game and made a pair of saves in the first half, while Jebson played the second half and overtime, making three stop in 46:18 minutes of action. It is the first time this season Washington University has yielded two goals in one game, and the Bears have given up just five scores all season.
The Bears fall to 8-13-4 all-time against the University of Rochester and they have not beaten the Yellowjackets since a 1-0 victory in 2002.
Washington U. (10-1-3) returns to action for a non-conference game on Thursday, Oct. 21, when it hosts Principia College at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo., at 7 p.m.