Will Sproule Wins it for No. 23 WashU at No. 13 Carnegie

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

Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 14, 2018 – The No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team came up with its biggest win of the year in a 2-1 double overtime victory at No. 13 Carnegie Mellon University Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Playing its third ranked opponent in a span of eight days, Pittsburgh native and sophomore Will Sproule scored on a rebound off a shot from freshman Aidan Ryan in the 101stminute. The game-winning goal for Sproule was the second of his career.

WashU improved to 6-5-1 and 2-1-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Carnegie Mellon suffered its third-straight defeat and dropped to 8-3-2 and 1-3 in the UAA. 

With the win WashU moved into a tie for second place in the UAA standings, two points behind first-place Chicago, who was upset at Case on Sunday.

WashU fell behind for the second-straight contest after Elliot Cohen scored off a cross with a header over the top of charging freshman goalkeeper Matt Martin in the 14thminute.

Carnegie Mellon had the early momentum recording the first four shots, but WashU senior Ryan Sproule nearly tied the game in the 22ndminute with a header inside the six that CMU goalkeeper Alec Lam corralled.

Ryan Sproule tied it in the 35thminute when he drove down the sideline and slid a shot from inside the six into the back of the net. The goal for Sproule was his team-leading eighth of the season and 29thof his career.

Each team recorded four shots in the opening half, but WashU's defense limited Carnegie Mellon without a shot for the final 27 minutes of the half.

WashU outshot Carnegie Mellon 11-9 in a game that saw the teams called for a combined 24 fouls. 

Junior goalkeeper Connor Mathes (4-3-1) came in the contest for the final 65:39 and made three saves and picked up the win. 

WashU steps out of conference play at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Noon.

BEAR NOTEBOOK:Carnegie Mellon lead the all-time series 17-13-2, and the Bears snapped a six-game losing streak to the Tartans … Ryan Sproule is two goals shy of entering the WashU top-10 list… WashU is 2-1-1 against ranked teams and 3-0-1 in overtime this season.