The final penalty kick hit the back of the net, beyond the outstretched arms of senior goalkeeper Nick Tannenbaum in the upper left corner. Just like that, the No. 23 Washington University men’s soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end, for the second year in a row.
Before that can happen, however, the No. 23 Bears will need to take care of business against No. 25 University of Redlands in the first round. The same goes for Depauw and Centre College.
In a quiet conclusion to what has been a roller coaster of regular season play, the Washington University men’s soccer team posted a 0-0 tie against undefeated No. 1 University of Chicago in double overtime Saturday night.
With just three games remaining this season, the Washington University men’s and women’s soccer teams hit the road this weekend in pursuit of two wins apiece to bolster their playoff chances.
The decisive goal came in the 107th minute, when a long throw from the Warhawks led to a contested possession in Washington University’s box.
As the final whistle blew at the South Campus field on Saturday afternoon, the men’s soccer team was visibly frustrated. After giving up a goal in the 86th minute, the team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of conference rival Emory University.
As a defender, junior Chris Rieger, of the Washington University men’s soccer team, is used to his performance not making the highlight reel or being reflected on the stat sheet. But—as someone who has played center back his whole life—that suits Rieger just fine.
On Tuesday evening, the Washington University men’s and women’s soccer teams both shut out their Wydown Boulevard rival, Fontbonne University. The women dominated the Griffins by a 2-0 score, while the men were able to convert late in the game and push to a 1-0 win.
Down 2-0 at halftime and forced to play a man down for 95 minutes against No. 7 University of Rochester, the Washington University men’s soccer team faced their toughest challenge of the season thus far.
The Washington University men’s soccer team continued its dominant defensive play with a 3-0 victory against Illinois Wesleyan University Friday night. With the shutout, the No. 12 Bears have held opponents scoreless in through their first five games of the season, marking their longest such streak since 2008.