San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 31, 2014 – The No. 24-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team put five of its 12 shots on frame, but an early goal by No. 5 Trinity University (Texas) was the difference as the Tigers earned a 1-0 win over WUSTL Sunday evening in San Antonio.
The Bears got a pair of headers in the first five minutes of the match, but sophomore Nick Politan's shot was saved and freshman Chris Rieger's sailed wide. After having two shots blocked, another go wide and a fourth saved, Trinity scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 14th minute to go ahead 1-0. At the end of the first half, Trinity held an 11-6 shot advantage, but had put just four shots on goal, compared with three for the Bears.
Sophomore Nick Tannenbaum made four second-half saves for the Bears in the first varsity action of his career, but shots by freshman Thomas Hutchings and senior Randy Gartside in the final 18 minutes were both saved by the Trinity keeper to preserve the win for the Tigers.
Trinity finished with a 21-12 advantage in total shots in the match, but just an 8-5 edge in shots on goal. Washington U.'s lone corner kick in the match came in the third minute, while the Tigers had eight corner kicks. Junior Jack West accounted for four of the Bears' 12 shots, while Hutchings had two shots on goal. Senior David Wang played the first half in goal, recording three saves, while Tannenbaum played the second half.
Washington U. (1-1) returns to action Saturday, Sept. 6 at Dominican University (Ill.). The match is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. and Trinity were meeting for the first time since 2007 … The Tigers lead the all-time series between the two teams 7-1-1.