In the 84th minute, the Webster University men’s soccer team was down a goal and earned a free kick in range for a chance to tie local rival Washington University. Freshman forward BJ Dryer powered a shot towards goal and on the first free kick of his collegiate career he hit the top right post and the ball deflected off a Wash U defender and into the back of the net.
Dryer said he knew he had the better angle towards goal with his right footed shot, rather than the left foot of junior forward, Mike Wells.
“I figured I would let Mike stand to the right of me as a distraction,” Dryer said. “Then I just went up and put a dipper up and over the wall on goal.”
Wash U was ranked No. 35 nationally in D-III soccer and Webster took them into double over time and finished in a 1-1 draw. This was Webster’s fourth double overtime game of the season, overall the team’s record is 3-0-3.
Head coach Michael Siener said he played only a small group of guys for this game instead of making a large number of substitutions throughout the game. Dryer said that helped for him and other guys to get important minutes playing with each other.
“Everybody is starting to click now,” Dryer said. “We started making plays off each other.”
Siener described the goal against Webster as a miscue on his defense. A cross played across the front of goal by Bears midfielder, Jake Shapiro, went through the legs of a Gorlok defender. Then Wash U forward, Daniel Wasserman was in the box to slot the ball into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead in the first half.
“That was really the only dangerous play they had the whole game against us,” Siener said. “They were obviously controlling the ball for the first half but we limited the danger.”
The Gorloks play two games in the next five days and Siener said he will have to spread some game minuets to more roster players. Next up on Sept. 13 the team travels to Williams Woods University in Fulton. On Sept. 16 Webster plays its first home game of the season against Missouri Baptist University.