Sproule’s Game-Winner in OT Leads WashU Past Fontbonne

Sproule’s Game-Winner in OT Leads WashU Past Fontbonne

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 18, 2018 – Senior Ryan Sproule scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the first overtime, to lead the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team to a 3-2 win over Fontbonne University Tuesday at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Sproule tied the game in the 89thminute off a beautiful cross from senior Ben Strozewski, and then headed home a corner kick from junior Makio Yamamoto 3:19 into the first overtime for the game-winner.

Sproule, who has three goals in the last two games, upped his career total to 24. The game-winner was the 10thof his career.

WashU won its second-straight game to improve to 2-3, while Fontbonne dropped to 3-4.

WashU outshot Fontbonne 7-2 in the opening half, and took advantage of a foul just outside the box in the 21stminute for the first goal of the game.

Sophomore Sean Connors took the free kick and snuck it through the wall for the first goal of his career.

The game remained 1-0 until the 66thminute when Brendan Kopff tied it with a shot from 30 yards out that freshman goalkeeper Matt Martin had no chance at.

Almost four minutes later, Jared Lyeki gave the Griffins the 2-1 advantage after lofting a shot deep in the corner that found the side net.

Martin, who was making his first career start, made two saves. WashU outshot Fontbonne 19-4 and had a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks.

WashU hosts Wheaton College (Ill.) on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU has won five-straight meetings and leads the all-time series with Fontbonne 17-1-2 … The Bears have outshot all five opponents … The win for head coach Joe Clarke was the 441st of his career, four shy of moving into 24thplace all-time in men's soccer history.