St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 30, 2019 – On a night where the Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team remembered long-time assistant coach Val Pelizzaro, sophomore Nolan Wolf had two goals and an assist in the Bears' 3-0 win over Greenville University Monday at Francis Olympic Field in St. Louis.
WashU wore arms bands and an empty chair was placed on the WashU sideline in remembrance of Pelizzaro, who was an assistant men's soccer coach from 1997-2009. He passed away Saturday at the age of 88.
WashU improved to 5-2-1 with the win, while Greenville fell to 4-5.
WashU started slow, giving up three breakaways in the opening 13 minutes of play. Senior goalkeeper Connor Mathes made a diving save in the 11th minute for his first of three saves on the night.
Wolf, who is tied for the lead in the conference with four goals, scored in the 38th minute off a perfect cross from classmate Alex Jaberi Vivar.
He scored again in the 66th minute off a double assist from freshmen Sergio Rivas and Julian Gancman. Rivas sent a long cross into the box, followed by a header by Gancman into the box that Wolf finished with a header into the open net.
Sophomore Aidan Ryan rounded out the scoring with an open netter in the 89th minute on a cross from Wolf.
Mathes (1-0) picked up the win in his first start of the year. WashU outshot Greenville 22-6 and had an 11-2 advantage on corner kicks.
WashU opens University Athletic Association (UAA) at home against the University of Rochester on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1:30 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series against Greenville 25-3-1, and the Bears have won 12-straight meetings … The Bears are 3-0 at home this season, and 8-1-1 the past two seasons.