Men’s soccer stays ahead in UAA competition

| Sports Reporter

The Washington University men’s soccer team picked up a pair of road wins on Friday night and Sunday morning to remain unbeaten in University Athletic Association play and only beaten once overall.

The Bears defeated the Brandeis University Judges 2-0 on Sunday and the New York University Violets 2-1 on Friday night, extending their winning streak to five games.

The Judges pressed the Bears hard during the first portion of the game, disrupting the Bears’ possession-oriented style of play.

“In our recent games, we’ve played better teams that put more pressure on us,” senior forward Dylan Roman said. “They’ve made it harder to pass the ball around.”

The Bears made a breakthrough in the 39th minute off a corner kick. Seniors Cody Costakis and Zach Hendrickson each recorded an assist, as senior Michael Chamberlin headed home the game’s first goal. Costakis now leads the team with six assists, the second most in the conference.

“It was a chippy game,” Roman said. “There was a lot of hard play and non-calls. The referee wasn’t calling anything.”

The Red and Green put away the insurance goal in the 84th minute. Roman assisted junior Zachary Query in converting a 2-on-1 situation, set up by senior midfielder Patrick McLean’s through ball.

The Bears were outshot 17 to 9 by the Judges, but sophomore goalie Jonathan Jebson made a career high nine saves to preserve the shutout. Jebson has a 0.61 goals against average this season with five shutouts in 13 games.

“We knew these games were going to be challenging and the centerbacks have stepped up a lot,” Jebson said. “The whole five-man rotation has played well.”

The Friday night game against New York University was also closely contested. The Bears won with a 68th-minute goal by junior Kenji Kobayashi off another Costakis corner kick. Despite the 2-1 scoreline, Wash. U. was outshot 10-7.

The Bears went up 1-0 in the third minute with a Roman breakaway goal, only to see the Violets equalize in the 40th minute off of a header. Roman poached a misplaced back pass and finished in the lower right corner. He leads the team with seven goals.

The Violets almost came back at the end on a breakaway chance that was saved by Jebson.

“[The NYU player] beat the right back down the wing and got a breakaway,” Jebson said. “I slid and stopped it with my hands, and we cleared it.”

Jebson said one thing he thinks the defense can work on is winning corner kicks and headers.

Wash. U. is now 12-1 overall and is in first place in the UAA, with a 3-0 in-conference record. The Bears are ranked eighth in the country and have outscored their opponents 32-9. Their only loss came against No. 15 Dominican University.

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