Bears Pick up 13th Win of Season on Friday
St. Louis, Mo., October 29, 2010 – Freshman Jeremy Kirkwood scored two goals in a span of 1:23 in the second half as the No. 12 ranked Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team posted a 4-1 victory over Brandeis University on Friday night in St. Louis, Mo.
With the win, Washington University (13-1-3, 3-1-1 UAA) remains in second place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings, trailing first place New York University by one point. New York posted a 1-0 victory at the University of Chicago on Friday. Washington University hosts New York on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m., in a battle for first place.
Brandeis (9-5-1, 1-3-1 UAA) got on the scoreboard first in the ninth minute. Steve Keuchkarian split the Bears’ defense with a pass to Lee Russo, who quickly buried a shot to the near corner past Washington U. senior goalkeeper Andrew Serio. The goal was just the fourth Serio has allowed all season. The Bears nearly tied it up just three minutes later, as Kirkwood’s shot deflected off the crossbar.
The Bears knotted the score at 1-1 just before halftime, as sophomore Dylan Roman scored a breakaway goal at 42:57. Roman beat his defender down the sideline and went at the goal, firing a shot that went betweens the legs of Brandeis goalkeeper Taylor Bracken. Washington U. outshot Brandeis, 7-4, in the first half, and had a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Kirkwood scored on a header off a corner kick from senior Cody Costakis at 47:47, after Bracken misplayed the ball off the corner kick. Less than two minutes later, Kirkwood took a pass from sophomore Patrick McLean and beat the goalkeeper one on one to push the lead to 3-1. Sophomore Zach Hendrickson added the insurance goal in the 75th minute on an assist from McLean to round out the scoring.
Freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson made one save in the second half to pick up the victory, his fourth of the season. Washington U. outshot Brandeis, 11-9, while the Judges had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Bear Notebook: Washington University is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Central Region … Washington U. improved to 7-0-1 this season at home … The Bears lead the all-time series with Brandeis, 16-6-2, and have won five-straight meetings … The 13 wins in a season are the fourth most in head coach Joe Clarke’s 14 seasons.