September 28, 2013

No. 16 Men's Soccer Falls Short in 3-2 Overtime Loss at No. 8 Wheaton

Wheaton, Ill., Sept. 28, 2013 – The No. 16-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team led 2-0 on the road at No. 8 Wheaton College (Ill.) in the second half, but was unable to hold on as the Thunder earned a 3-2 win in overtime over the Bears Saturday night.

Senior Jeremy Kirkwood scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway shot after a long pass ahead from sophomore Ike Witte that put the Bears ahead 1-0 in the 14th minute of the match. The Bears controlled the first half, holding Wheaton without a shot attempt until the 35th minute. Junior Jonathan Lipsey had a chance to get Washington U. on the scoreboard in the fifth minute, but his shot hit the crossbar. Wheaton picked up its offensive aggressiveness in the final 11 minutes of the half, out-shooting the Bears 6-1 in that span, but Washington U. withstood the flurry of shots by Wheaton to head to halftime with the 1-0 lead.

In the 47th minute, Lipsey scored from five yards out on an assist from Kirkwood, his fifth assist in the past two matches. The goal by Lipsey was his third of the season and put the Bears ahead 2-0. Washington U. got two more shots off in the first six minutes of the second half, but one was blocked and one saved. From there, it was all Wheaton statistically. The Thunder fired off five shots in the span of 1:25, before Noah Anthony's free kick from outside the box cut the Bears' lead to 2-1 in the 59th minute. Washington U. was limited to just one shot the remainder of the second half. The Bears' defense held strong, blocking five shots by Wheaton in the second half, but in the 78th minute Reed Bartley collected a deflected header by Jordan Golz and fired it into the goal to tie the score at 2-2. In the extra period, Wheaton got three shots off before a header by Stephen Golz found the back of the net for the game-winning goal in the 95th minute.

Wheaton finished with a 34-11 shot advantage after both teams had six shots in the first half. The Thunder had 11 shots on goal, while Washington U. finished with five. Senior Jonathan Jebson played the full 94:27 in goal, recording a season-high eight saves.

Washington U. (5-2-1) returns to action for its fourth match in nine days when the Bears take on Fontbonne University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Francis Field.

Bear Notebook: Wheaton leads the all-time series between the two teams, 17-11-4 … The Bears have scored in each of their first eight matches this season … The goal for the Thunder in the 59th minute ended a scoreless span of more than 350 minutes for the Washington U. defense … Kirkwood had a hand in all six goals the Bears have scored in the past two matches (five assists, one goal).