St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 18, 2013 – Senior Jeremy Kirkwood scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team earned a 4-1 win over Case Western Reserve University in University Athletic Association (UAA) play Friday evening.
Washington U. improved to 7-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the UAA, while Case dropped to 5-4-4 overall and 0-2-1 in the conference. The win for the Bears marked the 100th home victory in head coach Joe Clarke's 17-year tenure (100-32-21). The Bears host their final regular-season home match of the season at 11 a.m. Sunday against No. 18 University of Rochester. The Yellowjackets were upset at University of Chicago, 2-1, Friday. Prior to Sunday's match, Washington U. will honor its nine seniors – Manny Angel, Jack Fischer, Michael Flowers, Jonathan Jebson, Kirkwood, Kenji Kobayashi, Andrew Martin, Michael McCarthy, and Nik Patel.
The Bears got on the board quickly, scoring just more than seven minutes into the match to take a 1-0 lead. Flowers passed the ball ahead and Kirkwood outran the Case defenders to track it down. As the Spartans' goalkeeper charged out, Kirkwood chipped the ball over him and into the net to put Washington U. on top.
In the 24th minute, freshman Kevin Goon scored the first goal of his career to put the Bears ahead 2-0. Angel tried to thread a shot through a swarm of players, but sophomore Ike Witte tapped it right to Goon, who fired it in for Washington U.'s second goal of the match.
Case answered with a goal just more than a minute later by Chris Cvecko to cut the Bears' lead to 2-1. The Spartans remained aggressive throughout the remainder of the half, and had another prime scoring opportunity with just more than seven minutes left in the first half, but a 2v2 shot by Jacob Grindel was saved by junior David Wang to preserve Washington U.'s 2-1 lead heading into halftime.
Kirkwood scored his second goal of the match in the 53rd minute to give the Bears a 3-1 cushion. After receiving the ball off a throw-in, Kirkwood spun around his defender and tapped the ball past another before hitting a shot to the upper right corner of the net. Four minutes later, the teams were battling in the box and Angel had his initial shot blocked. Kirkwood collected the deflection along the end line and quickly sent a cross to the far post, where Angel hit it in to make the score 4-1.
Case finished with a 19-16 shot advantage, but the Bears had a 7-5 edge in shots on goal. The Spartans took 10 corner kicks to Washington U.'s five, but the Bears defense prevented Case from getting any shot attempts off those corner kicks. Wang recorded three saves in nearly 76 minutes in goal, while improving to 5-0-1 in the net for the Bears this season. McCarthy played the final 14:06 of the match, recording one save.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. improved to 25-3 all-time against Case … Goon became the 14th different player to score for the Bears this season … Clarke is now 194-87-36 (.669) in 17 seasons at the helm of the WUSTL program … He is 399-161-66 (.690) in 30 years of collegiate coaching … Kirkwood has recorded four goals and six assists in seven matches this season.