New York, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team played to a 2-2 double overtime draw at New York University Sunday at Gaelic Park. The first 90 minutes was played in a consistent rain, followed by a downpour for the two overtimes.
WashU fell to 7-6-2 and 1-4-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while New York dropped to 8-6-2, 0-5-1 in the UAA.
The Bears nearly scored the golden goal with seven seconds left, but NYU goalkeeper Grant Engel came up with a point blank save on freshman Sean Connors to keep it tied. Engel had nine saves in the contest.
WashU had the early advantage of play, but it was New York who found the back of the net first in the 18th minute. Matteo Carrieri-Russo played a perfect through ball that Maxi Rodriguez finished inside the 18 to put the Violets up 1-0.
The Bears answered just before half to tie the contest. Junior Marco Pinheiro's sent a corner kick into the box that found the boot of junior Ryan Sproule for the goal. The tally for Sproule was his team-leading seventh of the season.
WashU outshot NYU 5-4 in the first half, with each team putting two on goal.
The Bears took the lead in the 64th minute after Sproule was taken down in the box on a breakaway. Senior Chris Rieger converted the penalty kick to put WashU up 2-1. Rieger is 5-of-6 in penalty kicks in his career.
Rodriguez found the back of the net for the second time in the 78th minute to tie the game. He corralled a loose ball in the box and beat WashU senior goalkeeper Colin McCune with a shot to the right corner.
WashU outshot New York 21-10 for the game and had an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks. McCune (6-4-2) made six saves in the draw.
WashU closes out regular-season play on Saturday, Nov. 4, at No. 15 University of Chicago (15-2, 5-1 UAA). Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. in the Windy City.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series against New York 25-4-2, and the Bears are unbeaten in the last seven meetings with the Violets … The Bears are 2-3-2 away from home this season … WashU is 1-3-2 in overtime.