McLean's Second Half Goals Propel No. 18 Men's Soccer Past Wheaton
Wheaton, Ill., September 25, 2010 – Junior Patrick McLean scored a pair of second half goals to lead the No. 18 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Wheaton College on Saturday, Sept. 25, in Wheaton, Ill.
With the win, Washington University improves to 7-0-2 on the year, which is the team’s best start to a season since 1995, when the Bears began the year with a 10-0-1 record before suffering their first setback, a 1-0 loss to California-San Diego.
Washington U. found itself in unfamiliar territory, trailing Wheaton College 1-0 at the half on Saturday. It was just the second time this year the Bears trailed at the intermission.
Last week the Red and Green faced 1-0 deficit at Illinois Wesleyan University through 45 minutes, but came back to earn a tie thanks to senior Cody Costakis’ score in the 89th minute.
Wheaton’s Drew Golz struck in the 15th minute to give the thunder a 1-0 lead, but the Washington University offense came to life in the second half thanks to McLean.
His first goal was an unassisted effort in the 55th minute, while sophomore Zachary Query assisted the game-winning score in the 87th minute, with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.
McLean leads the team in goals (five) and points (10) this season, while Query ranks second on the team with eight points, scoring three goals to go along with two assists in 2010.
Washington U. finished the game with a 14-10 advantage in shots and 6-3 in shots on goal. Freshman Jonathan Jebson played goal for the second half for the Bears, recording a pair of stops and picking up his second victory of the year, improving to 2-0-1.
Wheaton’s Ryan Seager made four stops in net but the Thunder fell to 2-4-3 with the loss.
Washington U. (7-0-2) returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 3, when it hosts No. 10 Emory University in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener for both teams. Emory boasts a 9-0 record heading into Sunday’s showdown and the Eagles defeated Greensboro College, 9-0, earlier on Saturday. Sunday’s contest is scheduled to begin on Francis Field at 1:30 p.m.