Men's Soccer Ties Webster, 1-1

Men's Soccer Ties Webster, 1-1

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 11, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team played to a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Webster University Wednesday evening at Francis Field.

The Bears held a 1-0 lead for more than 53 minutes, until the 85th minute when Webster tied the score on a direct kick from the top left corner of the box that bounced off the right post and into the upper right corner of the net. Washington U. fired four shots and had several good scoring opportunities in the two overtime periods, but were unable to find the back of the net as the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

Washington U. controlled possession throughout much of the first half and made several strong attacks before taking a 1-0 lead. Freshman Jake Shapiro crossed a ball from the right corner of the field into the box and freshman Daniel Wasserman buried the ball past the Webster goalkeeper for his first collegiate goal to give the Bears the lead in the 32nd minute.

The Bears had a great opportunity to add to their lead in the 57th minute when senior Manny Angel sliced through the Webster defense in the box, but his shot was blocked out by Gorlok goalkeeper Brian Woodward. The final 20 minutes of regulation was a flurry of offensive attacks by Webster, including four shots in the span of two minutes beginning in the 76th minute. The aggressive play paid off for the Gorloks when a foul was called just outside the corner of the box, resulting in a free kick that led to the game-tying goal in the 85th minute.

The teams finished with 16 shots each. Washington U. had an 8-4 shot advantage in the first half, only to have Webster outshoot the Bears, 9-4, in the second half. Junior goalkeeper David Wang (1-0-1) played all 110 minutes for the Bears in goal, making seven big saves, including three in each half and one in the first overtime.

Washington U. (2-1-1) travels to Fulton, Mo., for its first road match of the season Saturday, Sept. 14, at Westminster College. Match time is set for 7 p.m. against the Blue Jays.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series, 21-1-2, and the Bears had won the previous five meetings between the two teams … The Bears have never allowed more than one goal by Webster in 24 meetings all-time … Neither team has been shutout this season … Wasserman is the sixth different player to score for the Bears this season … Wasserman checked into the match less than a minute before scoring for Washington U. ... It was Wang's second career start in goal for the Bears.