Men’s Soccer Shocks No. 6 Emory in UAA Opener

Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Danny Reise/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 29, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team recorded a 2-1 upset win over No. 6-ranked Emory University Saturday in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener in St. Louis.

WashU won its fifth-straight match to improve to 5-3 and 1-0 in the UAA, while Emory had its eight-match win streak snapped and fell to 8-1 and 0-1 in the UAA.

Freshman Matt Martin (2-0) picked up the win in goal making a career-high seven saves.

Martin was exceptional in the opening 20 minutes of play making three saves. He made a tremendous save in the seventh minute when he punched a shot from Michael Stier over the bar. 

WashU's first scoring opportunity came in the 17thminute when senior Ryan Sproule sent a header that was corralled by Emory goalkeeper Cole Gallagher. 

Despite Emory controlling play in the first 20 minutes, it was WashU who scored in the 25thminute.  

Sophomore Andrew Brunetti made a nice run down the left side and sent a pass to senior Marc Vandenberg who fired a left-footed shot into the back of the net. The goal for Vandenberg was his third of the season.

Emory outshot WashU 7-6 in the first half.

Martin stood tall in the opening four minutes of the second half making a pair of huge saves to keep it a one-goal game.

WashU continued to control the game and took a 2-0 lead in the 61stminute when freshman Nao Yanase scored the first goal of his career with left-footed shot to the far corner. 

Emory cut the lead in half with a goal in the 71stminute by Jun Tsuru. The goal for Tsuru was his team-leading fifth of the season.

Emory outshot WashU 16-12 and the Eagles had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

WashU has one day off before traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Oglethorpe University (4-2) on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Emory, 13-11-9, and the Bears snapped a four-game losing streak to the Eagles … Joe Clarke coached his 400thgame at WashU … The Bears were outshot for the first time this season.