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.
It was that type of feel-good weekend for the No. 17 Washington University men’s soccer team, who remain undefeated after beating rival Wheaton College 1-0 on Friday and dominating No. 16 Luther College 4-0 on Sunday in a pair of home games.
In the second match of the season last year, the Washington University men’s soccer team conceded the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Carthage College.
On Saturday afternoon, however, the Bears were on the opposite end of an equally dramatic contest, as sophomore forward Ryan Sproule scored in the 89th minute to give No. 24 Wash. U. a 1-0 road victory over Dominican University and its first 2-0 start since 2013.
If life imitates art, then the Washington University men’s soccer team is about to reach the crest of a three-year crescendo.
Jack West spent the last two years of his undergraduate career as arguably the most critical member of the Washington University men’s soccer team. From 2014 to 2015, he tallied 14 goals and 10 assists in 37 games; in total, 17 more points than any other member of the team over the same time span.