No. 1 Women's Soccer On to Sweet 16 With 3-1 Win Over No. 19 Calvin
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St. Louis, Mo., November 16, 2013 – No. 1 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer came from behind for the second night in a row as the Bears posted a 3-1 win over No. 19 Calvin College in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship Saturday night at Francis Field in St. Louis.
“We did a very good job of getting the ball on the ground and moving it around,” said sixth-year head coach Jim Conlon, who is one win shy of 100 in his Washington U. career. “Calvin is a solid team and played us hard for 90 minutes.”
Washington University improved its overall record to 19-1 with the victory, tying the school record for most wins in school history. The Bears also won 19 games a year ago en route to a quarterfinal appearance. Calvin ends its season with a 19-3-2 record.
Washington U., who allowed four goals in 18 regular-season games, fell behind as Paige Capel’s shot slipped through the hands of WUSTL goalkeeper Amy French just 2:04 into the game. The goal for Capel was her team-leading 16th of the year.
The Bears answered right back in the 10th minute on a nice sequence by Washington U. that left junior Anna Zambricki open in the box for her ninth goal of the season. Senior Jessica Johnson and sophomore Olivia Lillegraven were credited with assists on the play after a pair of flicks on headers.
Washington U. nearly took the lead with just over a minute to go in the half after sophomore Anna Sippel’s header off a corner kick from freshman Lexie Sprague was deflected just over the bar by Calvin goalkeeper Ashton Hearn. Hearn made five saves in the first half, as Washington U. outshot Calvin 10-2 in the opening half. The Bears also had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Bears jumped ahead for good at 48:21 after Washington U. took advantage of a foul by Calvin near midfield. Senior Kate Doyle sent the free kick into the box that was flicked by senior Lauren Steimle to junior Kaylin Balley for the goal. Balley headed the ball past Hearn for her fourth goal of the season.
“This weekend was a test for us, and we had to come from behind in both games,” Balley said. “This was a testament to our hard work. We did not let up the high pressure, even when playing from behind.”
Junior Lillie Toaspern added the insurance goal for Washington U. at 84:25 after taking a pass from Johnson and splitting two defenders before firing a shot inside the box. The goal for Toaspern was her ninth of the season and tied her with senior Becky Berels for the team lead with 26 points. The Bears have six players with 20 or more points.
French made two saves in goal, and improved to 18-1. The 18 wins in a single season are the second most by a goalkeeper. Washington University outshot Calvin, 25-3, for the game, including 15-1 in the second half. The Bears also had a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington U. advances to Sectional play for the third-straight season and for the 10th time in school history. The Bears take on the winner of the California Lutheran University Regional Saturday, Nov. 23, at a site to be determined. The Sectional host will be announced Monday.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Calvin, 8-0 … The Bears also defeated Calvin, 2-1, on Nov. 21, 2009, in the NCAA Quarterfinals … Washington U. is 23-11-5 in 13 all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament … The Bears have a 10-1 home record in 2013, and a 57-9-3 record in the past six seasons under Conlon at Francis Field.