Costakis Picks Up a Goal and an Assist in WUSTL win at Fontbonne
Clayton, Mo., September 22, 2010 – The No. 18 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team improved to 6-0-2 on the year following a 2-0 victory at Fontbonne University on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Clayton, Mo.
With the win, the Bears matched their best start to a season since 2005, when the team remained unbeaten through its first eight games, posting a5-0-3 record and outscoring opponents by a 13-3 margin. This year’s squad holds an 18-2 advantage in scoring over its opposition, posting six shutouts.
Senior midfielder Cody Costakis continued his hot streak offensively, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 34th minute of the first half. Junior Kevin Privalle found Costakis with a quick low pass through the top of the box, which he managed to quickly settle and fire past Fontbonne goalkeeper Zach Will.
It was Costakis’ second goal of the season, with both of those scores coming over the last three games. He also assisted the game winner in the Bears’ 1-0 win over Loras College last Sunday.
Costakis nearly picked up an assist with under a minute to play in the opening period. Washington University received a corner kick opportunity as the clock ticked below one minute to play and Costakis took the kick, finding Privalle through traffic in the box. Privalle quickly slid toward the ball and flicked it toward the goal, but it careened off the left post and the score remained 1-0 heading into the half.
Washington University controlled play offensively in the first 45 minutes, outshooting Fontbonne, 9-3, and putting two shots on net. That trend continued into the second half when the Red and Green scored a second time and had several strong scoring opportunities to open the period.
The Bears did finally net their second goal 64th minute, and once again Costakis and Privalle were prominently involved. Privalle started the play by sending a pass to Costakis just outside of the Fontbonne box. Already proving earlier in the evening he was a threat to score, he drew the defense toward him, and away from freshman forward Jeremy Kirkwood.
Costakis found Kirkwood off to his right and he did the rest from there, advancing to about 10-yards out and beating Will to his right, scoring the first goal of his career in the process. Costakis moved into a tie with senior Harry Beddo for the team lead in assists at three.
Washington U. ended the game with a 17-5 advantage in shots and 6-1 in shots on goal. The Bears now own a 12-0-2 all-time record against Fontbonne.
Washington University (6-0-2) returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 25, when it will travel to Wheaton, Ill., for a meeting with Wheaton College starting at 4:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2006.