Greencastle, Ind., Nov. 12, 2016 – The No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 4-3 loss shootout loss to No. 25 University of Redlands in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament Saturday in Greencastle, Ind.
The game ended in a 2-2 tie after 110 minutes of play.
WashU finished the season with a 10-4-3 overall record while Redlands is 17-5-1 and advances to play DePauw Sunday in the second round.
Saturday's shootout loss ended the career's of WashU's 12 seniors – Grant Baltes, Daniel Geanon, Kevin Goon, Noah Lieberman, Beau McGinley, Corey Meehan, Sam Nadell, Nick Politan, Andrew Schmitt, Nick Tannenbaum, Jack West and Ike Witte. This group helped lead the Bears to a 40-19-12 (.648) overall record in four seasons on the Danforth Campus and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
West nearly gave WashU the lead in the third minute, but his left-footed shot from outside the box was denied by Redlands goalkeeper John Melito. West's shot was the lone shot on goal for WashU in the first half, as the Bears held a 7-5 shot advantage.
The Bears were awarded a free kick in the 53rd minute after Redlands Kayvon Parsa received a yellow card. West sent a cross into the box and Witte's shot was cleared off the line for a team save to keep it tied.
WashU took the 1-0 lead in the 64th minute after a through ball by Goon skipped past two Redland defenders and sophomore Kyle Perez placed a shot under Melito. The goal for Perez was his first of the year.
Sophomore Ryan Sproule pushed the advantage to 2-0 in the 71st minute after he took a pass from Goon and found the back of the net for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
WashU held the 2-0 lead until the 75th minute when Casey Chubbfertal headed home a corner kick from Isaac Bogart. A little more than two minutes later, Chubbfertal scored on another header in the 78th minute to tie the score.
Tannenbaum made a diving save in the 80th minute to keep the game tied.
In the shootout, WashU jumped ahead after successful penalty kicks from junior Chris Rieger and Perez. Witte converted his PK to make it 3-2, and then Redlands tied it at 3-3. In the fifth round, Lieberman sailed his kick wide and then Keoni Yates scored to end the match.
Tannenbaum (8-3-3) tied a career-high with seven saves in goal for WashU. Redlands outshot WashU 20-11 and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Redlands met for the first time in school history … Wash U has a 29-20-4 (.585) all-time record in 23 NCAA Tournament appearances … Redlands was making its 11th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance.