St. Louis, Mo., September 1, 2016 – The No. 24-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team began the 2016 season with a 2-0 win at Webster University Thursday night at St. Louis Soccer Park.
"I was pleased with how we started the game. We were organized and created plenty of chances to score," said 20th year head coach Joe Clarke. "We limited Webster quite a bit. They never quit and were pushing in the second half to get back into the game."
The Bears dominated the first half of play keeping possession and outshooting Webster 12-0. WashU connected on a give-and-go in the 39th minute after graduate student Jack West flicked a pass to sophomore Marc Vandenberg who buried a shot off a Webster defender into the back of the net.
Junior Nick Knight pushed the advantage to 2-0 in the 55th minute when he buried a shot from inside in the box. WashU outshot Webster 6-3 in the second half.
WashU (1-0) continues its three-game road swing to begin the season with a match at Westminster College on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Webster, 24-1-2 … The Bears are 16-3-1 in season openers under Clarke … The win for Clarke was the 423rd of his career, 31st most in the history of men's college soccer and one shy of 30th place … WashU had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks … The goal for Knight and Vandenberg was the third of each their careers.