Men's Soccer Comes Up Short in 1-0 Loss to No. 14 Wheaton

Men's Soccer Comes Up Short in 1-0 Loss to No. 14 Wheaton

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 26, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team had its four-match unbeaten streak end with a 1-0 loss to No. 14 Wheaton College (Ill.) Friday evening at Francis Field.

The lone goal of the game came in the 27th minute after Washington U. sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Geanon punched a ball in the air. After the ball bounced straight up into the air, Wheaton's Stephen Golz was able to head it past Geanon for his seventh goal of the season to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead. 

Washington U. had one of its best opportunities in the 12th minute when Wheaton's goalkeeper deflected a ball straight to freshman Andrew Zingone, but Zingone was unable to settle the ball for a shot before the keeper quickly grabbed it. In the 51st minute, sophomore Noah Lieberman found Zingone for an open look, but the Wheaton goalkeeper made a sliding save off his foot to preserve the shutout. The Bears had another good look in the 54th minute when a corner kick by junior Jack West crossed to the far post. Sophomore Grant Baltes got a head on it, but the Wheaton goalkeeper made a leaping save.

The Bears, who played at an aggressive pace throughout the 90 minutes, made a final push in the final two minutes when Baltes made a long pass into the box. Freshman Chris Rieger's header went straight to the Wheaton keeper, though, as the Thunder were able to hang on for the win.

Wheaton finished with a 10-8 edge in shots in the match, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Geanon (2-1) played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Bears, making a career-high five saves.

Washington U. (4-2-1) returns to action by hosting Illinois Wesleyan University Monday, Sept. 29. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Francis Field.

Bear Notebook: Wheaton leads the all-time series between the two teams 18-11-4 … It was the 17th match in the series that has been decided by one goal … Both of Washington U.'s losses have come to teams ranked in the top-15 in Division III … Wheaton extended its win streak to seven matches.