The Webster University men’s soccer team dropped its home opener 2-1 to Washington University on Thursday night.
WashU, ranked No. 19 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll, scored both their goals in the first half, including the first in the third minute.
After substituting at halftime for starting senior goalie Alex Cupp, freshman goalkeeper Brian Woodward shut down the Bears in the second half. However, the Gorloks couldn’t claw back from their first-half deficit.
Senior midfielder Bryan Enger scored Webster’s first goal of the season 19 minutes into the second half. Junior forward Clint Carder had the assist. But the Bears held on to their one-goal advantage to bring home the win.
“After the first half, I think we did switch the momentum around,” Enger said. “This was huge. Nobody likes losing, but we won that second half, and I think it’s going to prove nothing but good things come this weekend.”
In his first game as associate head coach, Mike Siener said he was impressed with the team’s performance in the second half and is excited about the team’s potential.
“They need to just build off that second half,” Siener said. “They showed at times we can play with the team that’s nationally ranked. That’s what they should take from it.”
The Gorloks’ next two games will be played on the road this Labor Day weekend. Webster takes on Concordia University Chicago (0-0) on Sept. 3 and Aurora University (0-1) on Sept. 5.
Check out the Sept. 7 issue of The Journal for a full story on the Webster men’s soccer team.