Nov. 15, 2010

Courtesy Wash.-St. Louis Athletics

St. Louis, Mo., - The No. 8 Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team had its season come to an end with a shootout loss to Loras College on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo. After the teams played to a 1-1 draw in 110 minutes, the Duhawks posted a 2-0 win in the shootout.

Senior Miguel Bonilla gave Loras an early 1-0 lead in the penalty kicks after beating WUSTL freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Jebson. Washington U. freshman Nik Patel sent his PK over the crossbar, and then Jebson saved Thomas Jennings shot to keep it a one-goal differential.

Senior Cody Costakis' penalty kick was wide right, and then Andy Flipiak scored on Loras' third kick to make it 2-0. Sophomore Kenji Kobayashi was denied by Loras goalkeeper Dan Wickman on the Bears' third PK, and then Tom Strumpf's penalty kick went off the crossbar. With the Bears needing two successful kick to tie the match, junior Patrick McLean's PK went wide left giving Loras the 2-0 shootout victory. Washington U. was 0-for-4 on its penalty kicks, while Loras connected on 2-of-4.

Loras advances to play the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the Sectional Semifinal next weekend, while Washington University ends its season with a 14-1-5 overall record.

Jebson made a career-high 11 saves for the Bears, while Wickman made five stops for the Duhawks. Loras outshot Washington U., 36-12, for the game, and had a 12-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Loras (16-6-1) dominated the first 10 minutes of play recording the first seven shots of the game. Senior Justin McCord nearly gave the Duhawks as his shot deflected off the right post and then was cleared off the line by Patel. The Bears settled down and at the 11:33 mark, recorded their first shot on goal.

After a foul on Loras, Cotakis took a quick restart and his shot from 25 yards out was sent out of bounds after a diving save by Wickman. Loras outshot Washington U., 9-5, in the first half, and had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

It took Washington U. just one minute into the second half to take the lead. Following a foul by the Duhawks 20 yards outside the box, Costakis sent a free kick into the box that was not cleared out by Loras. Kobayashi cleaned up the mess in the box by hammering home a shot to put the Bears up 1-0. The goal for Kobayashi was his fifth of the season.

Loras nearly tied the game at the 80:37 mark as Chris Comstock's shot was saved by freshman Jack Fischer, who was making his second start of his career on defense. The Duhawks got the equalizer with 38.1 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. After a long throw-in by Malcolm Calbert, Thomas Jennings headed home a cross from Comstock to knot the score at 1-1. The goal for Jennings was his first of the season.