October 20, 2013

Men's Soccer Falls on Senior Day to No. 18 Rochester 2-1 in OT

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 20, 2013 – No. 18-ranked University of Rochester spoiled the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer senior day with a 2-1 overtime win Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Alex Swanger scored the game-winning goal just 52 seconds into the first overtime following a misplay by the Bear defense. The game-winning goal for Swanger was his third of the season.

Washington U. falls to 7-4-2, 1-2-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Rochester improves to 10-2-1, 3-1 in conference play. Washington U. is tied for fifth place in the UAA, and is six points out of first place with three games remaining.

Prior to the match, the Bears honored their nine seniors – Manny Angel, Jack Fischer, Michael Flowers, Jonathan Jebson, Jeremy Kirkwood, Kenji Kobayashi, Andrew Martin, Michael McCarthy and Nik Patel. The senior class has helped Washington U. to a 46-14-10 (.729) record over the past four seasons.

Rochester took advantage of a foul just a minute into the contest to score the first goal of the game. A left-footed free kick by Jeffrey Fafinski was sent into the box that an unmarked Keith Grafmeyer headed past WUSTL junior goalkeeper David Wang to make it 1-0 just 1:02 into the contest. The goal for Grafmeyer was his third of the season from his defender position.

Washington U. was outshot 6-3 in the opening 45 minutes of play, and had just one opportunity to score after UR goalkeeper Mike Moranz saved Flowers left-footed shot at 29:59.

The Bears showed more energy to start the second half, and nearly tied in at 47:23 after Kirkwood made a nice run down the sideline and fired a shot inside the 18 that just snuck past the arms of Moranz.

Washington U. continued to push forward with less than 10 minutes remaining, and tied the contest at 81:52 after freshman Henry Cummings fired a shot from 25 yards out with his left foot that snuck into the far corner. The goal for Cummings has his second of the year and just the 10th goal Rochester has allowed this season. Each team had eight shots in the second half.

Rochester outshot Washington U. 15-12 for the game, while the Bears had the 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Wang made four saves and picked up his first defeat in goal (5-1-2) for the Bears.

Washington University opens a four-game road trip with a non-conference game at Principia College Thursday, Oct. 24. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Elsah, Ill.

Bear Notebook: Rochester leads the all-time series between the two teams, 15-9-4 … Head coach Joe Clarke remains one win shy of 400 for his career.