First-Half Goals Lift Men’s Soccer Past Pac Lutheran

First-Half Goals Lift Men’s Soccer Past Pac Lutheran

St. Louis, Mo., Sept 6, 2019 – Junior Will Sproule scored 52 seconds into the contest to help lift the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran University Friday in the 2019 home opener at Francis Field in St. Louis.

WashU improved to 1-1-1 with the win, while Pacific Lutheran dropped to 1-2.

The Bears outshot the Lutes 19-4 and had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Martin made three saves and picked up the second shutout of his career.

It took WashU just 52 seconds to find the net after Sproule scored from inside the box off a rebound from sophomore Michael Gemmell. The goal for WashU was its first of the season.

In the 37th minute, WashU pushed the lead to 2-0 on a goal by freshman Julian Gancman found the back of the net after a misplay on the backline by PLU. WashU outshot Pacific Lutheran 9-1 in the opening half.

WashU plays its third road game of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Illinois Wesleyan University. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ill.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Pacific Lutheran met for the first time in school history … The Bears have allowed just three shots in the first half this season … Head coach Joe Clarke picked up career win number 447 … The assist for Gemmell was the second of his career.