Men's Soccer hosts Wheaton Saturday in Key Regional Matchup

Men's Soccer hosts Wheaton Saturday in Key Regional Matchup

THE SERIES WITH WHEATON – Wheaton leads the all-time series with WashU 18-14-4, but the Bears have won the last three meetings. Will Sproule netted the game-winner in the second overtime as WashU won the last meeting 1-0 on Sept. 23, 2017, in Wheaton, Ill.

A LOOK AT THE THUNDER – Wheaton won its third-straight game with a 1-0 victory against Lake Forest Wednesday at home. Shane Kopplin leads the team with four goals for eight points, while AJ Moyes has two goals and an assist for five points. Goalkeeper Hasten Biddlecome has a 3-1-1 record with a 1.27 goals against average in five starts.

Jake DeClute is in his fourth season as head coach at Wheaton, with a record of 37-21-8. In nine seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has an overall record of 82-57-21. DeClute served as head coach at Gordon from 2007-12.

HEAD COACH JOE CLARKE – The winningest coach in school history, Joe Clarke has continued WashU's tradition as a soccer power leading the Bears to a 236-113-48 (.655) record in 22 seasons. Clarke is the 25th winningest coach in college soccer history with a 441-187-78 (.680) overall record in 36 seasons on the sidelines.

LIMITING SHOTS – WashU has outshot its opponents 92-35 this season, registering more shots in all five contests. The Bears also have an 31-15 advantage in corner kicks.

FONTBONNE RECAP – Senior Ryan Sproule scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the first overtime, to lead the Bears past Fontbonne 3-2 Tuesday at Francis Field. Sproule tied the game in the 89th minute 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.

NOTABLES – Sproule is second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) in game-winning goals (2) and third in shots (29). He has 24 goals in 58 career games, including 10 game-winners.

– Sophomore midfielder Sean Connors scored his first career goal in the 3-2 win vs. Fontbonne.

MEDIA COVERAGE – All seven home games will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.

UP NEXT – WashU has one day off before traveling to Greenville University (5-1) on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.