Jeremy Kirkwood’s Goal Lifts Washington U. Men’s Soccer Past Emory
St. Louis, Mo., October 7, 2012 - A goal by junior Jeremy Kirkwood in the 88th minute gave the Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team a 1-0 win over Emory University in University Athletic Association (UAA) action on Sunday afternoon at Francis Field.
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With the score gridlocked at 0-0, freshman Cole Davis passed the ball ahead to Kirkwood who dribbled through a couple Emory defenders before firing a shot into the back of the net over the Eagles’ goalkeeper who was coming out to try to make a stop. The goal for Kirkwood was his first of the season after missing the Bears’ first nine matches with an injury. It was also Kirkwood’s 10th goal and fourth game-winner of his career.
Emory dominated the statistics of an evenly played match, out-shooting Washington U. 14-4 in the contest, including 8-1 in the second half, with Kirkwood’s game-winning goal the lone shot for the Bears in the period. The Bears made several strong runs toward the goal but were cutoff by the Emory defense before they managed to take any shots.
Washington U. played outstanding defense throughout the match, stymying an Emory offense that ranked in the top two in the UAA in shots and goals entering the contest. The Eagles landed six of their 14 shots on frame, but junior Jonathan Jebson made six saves in earning his fifth shutout of the season in goal for the Bears.
Washington University (6-3-1, 1-1 UAA) and Emory (6-5-1, 1-1 UAA) are now tied for fourth in the conference standings, one-half game behind Brandeis University, New York University and Carnegie Mellon University. The Bears host No. 6-ranked New York and No. 9 Brandeis in a pair of UAA matches next weekend. Washington U. takes on New York at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, before facing Brandeis at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series against Emory, 13-7-7 … The goal by Kirkwood ended a streak of 395 minutes without a goal for the Bears … Washington U. snapped a three-match losing skid, while Emory saw its four-match winning streak end … It was just the second time the Eagles have been shutout this season, and first since a Sept. 1 loss to Kean University.