St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 7, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team rallied from a three-goal deficit with a pair of goals in a span of just more than two minutes, but came up short in a 3-2 loss to No. 13-ranked Dominican University (Ill.) Saturday night at Francis Field.
Dominican got on the board first in the 16th minute when a free kick was sent into the box then hit into the net for a goal by Alex Rohder. One of the Bears' best scoring opportunities came in the 21st minute when senior Manny Angel collected a ball sent into the box but fired the shot just over the crossbar. The Stars added to their lead in the 25th minutes when a short corner kick was played into the middle of the field where Robbie Baird hit a one-timer that snuck past several players and out of reach of Jonathan Jebson.
The Stars made it a 3-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Ryan Ybarra fired a shot from five yards out to the opposite back corner of the net. In the 77th minute, Washington U. got on the scoreboard after junior Eric Bishop hit a shot off the post and sophomore Connor Roach came up with the rebound and hit it in for his second goal of the season.
Just more than two minutes later, junior Pay Estakhri went one-on-one with a defender and tapped the ball past before taking a clear shot to score the Bears' second goal of the match. It was his first goal of the season and third of his career. Washington U. continued to play aggressively, and Estakhri nearly scored the equalizer when his header trickled to the right of the post in the 83rd minute. In the 86th minute, the Bears had another great scoring opportunity when a ball was played into the box and flicked to senior Michael Flowers, who headed it just over the crossbar. The Stars were able to stop the remainder of Washington U.'s advances and hold on for the 3-2 win.
Jebson (1-1) took the loss for the Bears, playing all 90 minutes in goal and recording five saves while allowing three goals. The Bears finished with a 16-14 advantage in shots in the match, but Dominican finished with eight shots on goal to Washington U.'s five.
Washington U. (2-1) hosts its fourth-straight home match of the season Wednesday, Sept. 11, when the Bears take on Webster University at 7:30 p.m. at Francis Field. Following the Webster match, Washington U. will travel for four-straight road matches, beginning with a trip to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 14.
Bear Notebook: The all-time series between the two teams is now tied, 2-2-2 ...Washington U. has scored five of its seven goals this season in the second half.