St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 1, 2013 – A goal by sophomore Connor Roach with 9.7 seconds left in the first half was the difference in the game for the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team as the Bears rallied for a 2-1 win over Hendrix College Sunday evening at Francis Field.
With the score tied 1-1, Roach got control of a ball that deflected off a Hendrix player in the box and sent it past the diving Warrior goalkeeper to give the Bears the lead with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first half. The Bears had several good opportunities to add to their lead in the second half, including a shot toward the upper right corner of the goal by senior Manny Angel in the 52nd minute that the Hendrix keeper punched out for a save. The Washington U. defense kept Hendrix in check, and junior goalkeeper David Wang made a pair of big saves in the final 70 seconds to preserve the win and earn the victory in his first career appearance in goal.
Hendrix came out aggressively to start the game, controlling the ball much of the first 10 minutes. Jacob Pierce took a long shot off a throw-in by Joe Esrock that found the back of the net just over Wang's reach to put the Warriors on top 1-0 in the 10th minute. The Bears countered when Angel passed a ball into the box and freshman Jake Shapiro fired the ball in for his second goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.
Washington U. dominated much of the rest of the game, out-shooting Hendrix 19-7. Wang recorded three saves in the win for the Bears.
Washington U. improved to 2-0 with the win, while Hendrix dropped to 1-1. The Bears return to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 against No. 10-ranked Dominican University.
Bear Notebook: It marked the first meeting in school history between the two teams … Head coach Joe Clarke is now six wins away from 400 … The Bears improved to 98-30-20 at home in Clarke's tenure.