No. 6 Men's Soccer Set to Host Birmingham Southern and Greenville this Weekend
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MEN’S SOCCER OPENS THREE-GAME HOMESTAND ON FRIDAY
The No. 6 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team will open a three-game homestand starting this Friday and Saturday when it welcomes Birmingham Southern College and Greenville College to Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo. The undefeated Bears (4-0) face Birmingham Southern on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., and Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON U. - PRINCIPIA RECAP
Senior Dylan Roman scored in the 100th minute to lead Washington University to a 1-0 overtime victory at Principia College on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The game-winning strike was Roman’s second of the season, with sophomore midfielder Michael Flowers picking up the assist. The Bears outshot Principia 19-8, firing 13 shots on net compared to just two their opponent. The win also marked the team’s first shutout of the season.
WASHINGTON U. - RHODES RECAP
The Washington University offense erupted for a season-high three scores in a 3-0 win at Rhodes College on Saturday, Sept. 10. Seniors Patrick McLean and Dylan Roman tallied first-half strikes to give the Bears a 2-0 cushion at the half, and sophomore Jack Fischer netted the third goal in the 80th minute. Washington University picked up its second-straight shutout and controlled every aspect of the game. The Red and Green outshot Rhodes 14-3, and the Lynx failed to record one shot on goal.
TAKING A LOOK AT BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN AND GREENVILLE
• Birmingham Southern will bring a 3-1 overall record into Friday night’s contest with the Bears. The Panthers defeated Greensboro College and Huntingdon College, 1-0, last weekend in Sewanee, Tenn. Washington U. leads the all-time series with Birmingham Southern, 3-0-1, and the two teams played to a 0-0 tie last year in Birmingham, Ala.
• Greenville College is 2-2-2 entering this weekend and is coming off a 4-0 win over Monmouth College last Saturday. The Panthers have not lost since a 1-0 setback to Trinity University (Texas) on Sept. 3. Washington U. leads the all-time series with Greenville, 16-3-1, and the Bears defeated the Panthers 2-0 last season at Francis Field.
NIK PATEL NAMED UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Sophomore back Nik Patel was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week on Sept. 12, becoming the second student-athlete from the men’s soccer team in as many weeks to receive conference accolades. Patel helped anchor a defensive unit that secured a pair of road shutouts over Principia College and Rhodes College. The Bears limited Principia to just two shots on goal and then held Rhodes to three total shots, none of which were on goal. In four games this season, the WUSTL defense has yielded just two goals.
BEAR DEFENSE RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS
After allowing one goal in each of its first two games of the season, Washington University recorded back-to-back shutouts over Principia College and Rhodes College last week. The Bears were one of the top defensive teams in the nation a season ago and are off to a good start defensively in 2011, currently ranking second in the conference with two goals allowed and fourth with a 0.73 goals against average.
THREE GOAL SCORING BURST IN WIN AT RHODES
Washington University scored a season-high three goals in its 3-0 win at Rhodes College on Sept. 10, with three different players getting in on the action. It was the most goals for the Bears since a 4-1 win over Brandeis University on Oct. 29, 2010. Washington U. scored three or more goals in four games last season, going 4-0 in those contests.
DYLAN ROMAN CONTINUES TO PACE WUSTL OFFENSE
Senior forward Dylan Roman leads Washington University in scoring through the first two weeks of the season, scoring a team-high three goals including a pair of game-winners. Roman entered the 2011 season with just two-career scores but is currently tied for third in the conference in goals and fourth in points.
ROMAN AND MCLEAN ACCOUNT FOR GAME-WINNERS
Washington University has posted a 4-0 record so far this year but has had only two players account for its game-winning goals, seniors Dylan Roman and Patrick McLean. Roman netted the game-winner against Central and Principia, with McLean tallying the game-winning strike in victories at Webster and Rhodes. Roman leads the team with three goals in 2011.