No. 4 Men's Soccer Hosts Westminster and No. 15 Dominican This Week
The No. 4 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team will conclude its three-game homestand against Westminster College on Wednesday, Sept. 21, on Francis Field at 7 p.m. The Bears will then hit the road to take on their first ranked opponent of the season, as they head up to River Forest, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 25, to face No. 15 Dominican University at 3:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON U. - BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN RECAP
Washington University picked up its third-consecutive shutout with a 5-0 win over Birmingham Southern College on Friday, Sept. 16. Junior Zachary Query led the team with a goal in each half as the Bears posted a season-high five goals on the Panther defense. The Washington University defensive unit held Birmingham Southern to just four shots with none of them coming on goal.
WASHINGTON U. - GREENVILLE RECAP
The Bears saw their shutout streak come to an end but the winning streak endured as they defeated Greenville College 3-1 on Saturday, Sept. 17. Senior forward Dylan Roman scored two goals, including the game winner, to lead the Red and Green to their sixth-straight victory. Greenville scored with just 24 seconds remaining in the game to end the Bears’ consecutive shutout streak at three games. Sophomore goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson turned away a season-high four shots, playing 83 minutes in the win.
TAKING A LOOK AT WESTMINSTER AND DOMINICAN
• Westminster College is 3-2-2 so far this season and is coming off a 1-0 loss to Birmingham Southern College last Sunday; the Bluejays were unbeaten (1-0-2) in their last three contests prior to the loss. Washington U. leads the all-time series with Westminster, 14-1-2, with the Bears picking up a 1-0 win last year in Fulton, Mo.
• Dominican University is 4-1 entering this week but will play twice before hosting the Bears on Sunday afternoon. The Stars have won three-straight games and rose to No. 15 in this week’s NSCAA Top-25 Poll. WUSTL leads the all-time series 2-0-2, with the teams playing to a 3-3 tie in their last meeting in 2008 in St. Louis.
DYLAN ROMAN NAMED UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Dylan Roman earned University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 19, becoming the third men’s soccer student-athlete this season to receive the conference accolade. He helped the Bears post a pair of wins over Birmingham Southern College and Greenville College on Sept. 16-17, scoring once in the 5-0 win over Birmingham Southern and tallying a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in the 3-1 victory against Greenville.
WUSTL ACHIEVES HIGHEST RANKING EVER IN NSCAA TOP-25
The WUSTL men’s soccer team was ranked No. 4 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top-25 poll on Sept. 20, marking the highest ranking the program has ever received. The Bears’ previous best all-time ranking came on Sept. 16, 1996, when it was the No. 5 team in the country. Last week the Bears were ranked sixth, their highest ranking since 2007 when they also rose to No. 6 in the nation en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.
ROMAN CONTINUES SCORING BARRAGE
Senior forward Dylan Roman scored three more goals in a pair of wins over Birmingham Southern College and Greenville College last week to increase his team-leading goal scoring tally to six so far this season. Roman, who had just two-career goals heading into the 2011 season, ranks 18th in Division III with 1.0 goals per game and 22nd in the country with six goals. He is also third in the UAA in goals (six), goals per game (1.0) and points (12). Through just six games Roman has already tied senior Patrick McLean’s team-leading goal tally from last season.
OFFENSE ERUPTS FOR FIVE GOALS AGAINST BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN
Washington University had four different players score in its 5-0 win over Birmingham Southern College on Sept. 16. The Bears led the game 2-0 at the half behind goals from junior Zachary Query and senior Dylan Roman, then tacked on three more goals in the second half, with Query scoring again and senior Pat McLean and freshman Pay Estakhri getting in on the action. The five goals were the most for the Bears since a 7-0 win over Webster University on Sept. 1, 2010.