First-Half Rally Leads Women's Soccer Past #11 Illinois Wesleyan, 4-1
St. Louis, Mo., September 28, 2011 – The No. 12 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer team erased a one-goal deficit with four unanswered tallies in the first half en route to a 4-1 win over No. 11 Illinois Wesleyan University on Wednesday night at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo.
Senior back Alyssa Marulli scored a goal and added an assist for Washington U., who picked up its third-straight victory. The goal for Marulli was the first tally of her career in 75 games. Freshman forward Lillie Toapsern also scored two first-half goals to up her total to five.
Illinois Wesleyan (7-2) struck first at in the 10th minute following a shot from 15 yards out by Emily Hinchman. Tess Bottorff and Molly O’Brien assisted on the goal for Hinchman, her eighth of the season.
Washington University answered right back with a pair of goals that were 57 seconds apart. Marulli tied the game at 1-1 with a goal from that was scored from 35 yards out. Senior Lee Ann Felder played a short corner kick to Marulli, who sent a cross into the box that found the back of the net.
Toaspern made it 2-1 just 57 seconds later, as her left-footed shot to the near corner beat IWU goalkeeper Zoie Samaan. The Bears were not done yet, as a goal at the 22:19 mark by sophomore Lauren Steimle made it 3-1. Felder made a nice pass through the Titan defense to the foot of Steimle who made a nice run down the left side of the field.
Toapsern pushed the advantage to 4-1 with a goal at 26:43, as she corralled a loose ball in the box after a cross by Marulli. Washington U. outshot Illinois Wesleyan, 19-4, in the first half, and had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Clara Jaques picked up the win in goal, making three saves. The win for Jacques was the 35th of her career, one shy of school record set by Charlotte Felber (2001-04). Washington U. outshot Illinois Wesleyan 27-8 for the game and had a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Bears were also called off sides 13 times in the victory.
Washington University (9-1) opens up University Athletic Association (UAA) play at home on Sunday, Oct. 2, against Carnegie Mellon University. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Francis Field.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. and Illinois Wesleyan are tied in the all-time series 5-5-4 … Both teams were ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA Central Region rankings.