Head Coach Joe Clarke Wins 400th Match as Bears Top Principia 3-0

Head Coach Joe Clarke Wins 400th Match as Bears Top Principia 3-0

Elsah, Ill., Oct. 24, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer head coach Joe Clarke picked up the 400th victory in his career as the Bears earned a 3-0 shutout at Principia College Thursday evening.

Clarke, who is in his 17th season at Washington U. and 30th season of collegiate coaching overall, became the 17th active coach in NCAA men's soccer to reach 400 career victories. The Bears' win at Principia brought his record to 400-162-66 (.689) overall and 195-88-36 (.668) as the head coach at Washington U.

Senior Michael Flowers put the Bears on the scoreboard first, scoring in the 30th minute off a cross from senior Jeremy Kirkwood to make it 1-0. The goal for Flowers was his third of the season and the fifth game-winner of his career. Meanwhile, Kirkwood brought his team-leading assists total to seven.

Washington U. held the 1-0 lead at halftime, but quickly added to it in the 51st minute on a goal by freshman Drew Gottwald that extended the lead to 2-0. Gottwald scored his second goal of the match in the 72nd minute to make the final score 3-0 in favor of the Bears.

Washington U. outshot Principia 19-5 in the match, including a 7-0 advantage in shots on goal. Senior Jonathan Jebson improved to 3-3-2 in goal for the Bears this season. Junior David Wang closed out the match in goal, helping the Bears record their fifth shutout of the season.

Washington U. (8-4-2, 1-2-1 UAA) closes out its regular-season schedule with three University Athletic Association (UAA) matches on the road, beginning with a trip to Waltham, Mass., to face Brandeis University Friday, Nov. 1. Match time is set for 4 p.m. (ET).

Bear Notebook: Washington U. improved to 37-6-1 all-time against Principia.