Second Half Surge Lifts Women’s Soccer Past Whitman, 4-0
St. Louis, Mo., September 2, 2012 — The No. 9 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer broke a scoreless tie with four second-half goals en route to a 4-0 win over Whitman College on Sunday afternoon at Francis Field.
In its two victories this weekend at home, the Bears scored all six of its goals in the second half. The victory for the Bears was their 10th-straight at home, and improved their record to 38-7-2 (.830) at Francis Field in five seasons under head coach Jim Conlon.
After a scoreless first half, it took Washington U. a little over four minutes into the second half to find the back of the net. Junior Becky Berels, who had two of the Bears' six shots in the first half, fired a left-footed shot that was saved by Whitman goalkeeper Emily Davis. Junior Jessica Johnson was there for the rebound and goal to make it 1-0.
Washington U. continued to dominate play, and put the game out of reach with a goal at the 59:09 mark. Sophomore Anna Zambricki collected a pass on the right wing, made a nice step over and sent a cross to the far post where classmate Lillie Toaspern headed it in.
Zambricki pushed the advantage to 3-0 with a goal at the 65:01 mark after lofting a shot over the head of Davis. Senior Lauren Clatch picked up the assist on the third goal of the game Freshman Anna Sippel added an unassisted goal at the 88:46 to round out the scoring for Washington U. The goal for Sippel was the first of her career.
Senior goalkeeper Clara Jacques picked up the win in goal playing the first 72 minutes, while senior Caitlin Heim played the final 18 minutes making one save. The Bears’ defense has allowed just 15 shots and one goal in the first two games of the season.
Washington U. outshot Whitman 18-6 for the contest, including a 12-2 mark in the second half. The Bears also had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington U. (2-0) wraps up its three-game homestand against Loras College on Friday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Bears TV at: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wustl.portal#.
Conlon was a four-year letterwinner for the Loras men’s soccer team from 1994-97, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1998 and his master’s degree in 2000 from Loras.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. and Whitman met for the first time in school history … Zambricki has 12 goals in 17 career games with the Red and Green … Conlon went deep into the bench on Sunday with 24 players seeing the field.