Bears' Eight-Game Unbeaten Streak Snapped
St. Louis, Mo., October 29, 2010 – The Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer team had its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to Brandeis University on Friday night in St. Louis, Mo.
With the loss, Washington U. falls to 9-6-2, 2-1-2 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Brandeis improves to 13-3-1, 3-2 in UAA play. The Bears drop into a three-way tie for third place in the UAA standings, and four points behind conference leader University of Chicago with two games remaining.
Brandeis scored in the opening two minutes of the second half, as Alanna Torre’s shot from 25 yards out snuck over the head of sophomore goalkeeper Clara Jaques. The goal for Torre was her third of the season. The Judges nearly made it 2-0 just seven seconds later, as Mary Shimko’s shot deflected off the far post.
Sofia Vallone netted her conference-leading 16th goal of the year in the 52nd minute to push the advantage to 2-0. Tiffany Pachecho drilled down the middle of the field and sent a pass to Vallone, who sent a shot from just inside the 18 past Jaques.
The Bears drilled the crossbar twice in the final 20 minutes of the second half. Freshman Jen Reed’s header off a corner kick went off the crossbar at 73:20, and then sophomore Emily Gosche hammered a shot from 25 yards out at 83:39 off the crossbar.
Washington University outshot Brandeis, 20-19, for the game, and had a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal. Jacques made six saves in the loss for Washington U.
A sluggish first half saw Brandeis outshoot Washington U., 9-5, with the Judges putting three of its nine shots on goal. Neither team had a scoring opportunity in the opening 45 minutes of play.
Washington University continues its five-game home stand against New York University on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m.
Bear Notebook: Washington University leads the all-time series with Brandeis, 15-5-3 … This marked the first win by the Judges over the Bears since 1997 … Brandeis is ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA New England Region, while Washington University is No. 6 in the Central Region … The Bears outscored their opponents, 21-3, during the eight-game unbeaten streak.