New York, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2013 – Freshman Jake Shapiro scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation as the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team earned a 2-1 win at New York University in University Athletic Association (UAA) action Sunday.
Washington U. improved to 9-4-3 overall and 2-2-2 in the UAA with the win. The Bears close the regular season with their fourth straight road match at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at University of Chicago. A win over the Maroons would give the Bears their fourth 10-win season in a row, and would allow Washington U. to finish fourth in the UAA standings.
Washington U. dominated the second half at NYU, but was unable to net a goal until the 86th minute, when freshman Grant Baltes got the ball to Shapiro, who was able to get his shot through a crowd in the box and beat the NYU goalkeeper for the game-winner. It was Shapiro's team-leading fifth goal of the season and his second game-winner.
The Bears defense held strong against several attacks by NYU in the second half, limiting the Violets to just three shots in the second period. New York got two corner kicks in the final six minutes of the match, but Washington U. cleared the ball without allowing a shot.
The teams played evenly in the opening half, finishing with seven shots each while playing to a 1-1 tie. The Bears struck first in the 38th minute when senior Michael Flowers converted his second penalty kick of the season to give Washington U. a 1-0 lead. It was the fourth goal of the season and 10th career goal for Flowers. The Violets answered less than two minutes later with a penalty kick of their own to even the score at 1-1. The score remained 1-1 until Shapiro's goal in the 86th minute.
The Bears finished with an 18-10 shot advantage after outshooting the Violets 11-3 in the second half. Washington U. also had a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. Senior Jonathan Jebson improved to 4-3-2 in goal this season, recording two saves in the win.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series against NYU, 22-4-1 … It was the third year in a row the Bears have defeated New York by a one-goal difference.