This Sunday, with the Washington University men’s soccer team clinging to a one goal lead against Illinois Wesleyan, a defender on the line saved the match for the Bears.
Just two weeks ago, senior goalkeeper Colin McCune had played a total of seven minutes, 45 seconds in three years with the Washington University men’s soccer team. Now he’s starting in goal for the undefeated Bears.
Because Washington University has historically had one of the most successful athletic programs in Division III, it is generally not difficult for the Bears to schedule top opposition. It is not often, however, that three separate Wash. U. teams face highly ranked competitors on the same weekend this early in season.
The crowd watched tensely as freshman Sean Connors stepped up to take his corner kick. Stepping back, then running forwards, Connors whipped the ball into the box, where a mass of Bears and Tigers were waiting. The ball dipped and senior Anthony Law headed it home to make the scoreline 3-0, capping off the Washington University men’s soccer team’s first home game of the 2017 season.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon, the Washington University men’s soccer team overcame the odds and battled for a narrow 1-0 win against the No. 23 Luther College.
Last year, the men’s soccer team had the comfort of bringing back much of the same roster. This year, they have no such luxury.
Washington University is launching an investigation into allegations of “inappropriate behavior” by the men’s soccer team towards members of the women’s soccer team, according to a statement released by the University.
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.