St. Louis, Mo., November 24, 2013 – The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team had its record-breaking season come to an end with a 3-2 shootout loss to Capital University in the 2013 NCAA Division III Sectional Championship Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis. The game ended in a 1-1 tied after 110 minutes of play.
Washington University ends its season with a 20-1-1 record, setting a single-season school record for wins in a season. The Bears also had their 14-game winning streak snapped in the tie to Capital.
Capital (19-4-2) advances to the semifinals for the first time in school history to take on the winner of No. 3 William Smith College and No. 7 Ithaca College Friday, Dec. 6, at Noon (ET), at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. The Crusaders take a 10-game unbeaten streak into the national semifinals, and have a 3-0-2 record in overtime games this season.
"We played as hard as we could and I think we left it all out on the field. It just didn't go our way today, " said junior Lillie Toaspern. "I'm so proud of every single one of us out there and so sad that we can't continue to play anymore. It just didn't quite go our way today."
Toaspern made sure the Bears would not play from behind like it did in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament by scoring in the opening six minutes. She scored on a quick pass from senior Lauren Steimle at the 5:53 mark to put the Bears up 1-0. The goal for Toaspern was her fifth of the NCAA Tournament and team-leading 13th of the season.
Washington U., who registered the first 13 shots of the game, nearly scored again at the 14:52 mark after senior Jessica Johnson slipped through the defense and fired a shot that Crusader goalkeeper Maggie Donnellan got a hand on. Capital did not register its first shot of the game until 19:35 into the contest.
Junior back Tessa Delaney made the save of the day for the Bears in the 27th minute after she cleared a ball off the line after sophomore goalkeeper Amy French mishandled a cross from Becca Cartmill. Washington U. outshot Capital 17-3 in the opening half and had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. Donnellan, the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) goalkeeper of the year, had seven saves in the first half.
Capital picked up the pressure in the second half and registered its first two corner kicks of the game in the opening 15 minutes of the second. The Crusaders found an open gap in the WUSTL defense in the 58th minute and got a good shot off by Allison Mervau, but French made the save and knocked it out of bounds.
The Crusaders tied the contest in the 67th minute after a handball just outside the 18 resulted in a free kick. Freshman Claire Quinn snuck the free kick through the wall and past French to tied the game at 1-1. The goal for Quinn was her second of the year.
The Bears had their first scoring opportunity in the second half in the 78th minute after sophomore Olivia Lillegraven was left unmarked in the box and sent a header that was nabbed by Donnellan. The scoring opportunity gave Washington U. the momentum, and Donnellan stopped a shot by Toaspern in the box in the 79th minute for her 14th save of the game. The Bears had a 15-3 shot advantage in the second half.
Donnellan came up with another big save, her 18th of the game, late in the second overtime as she deflected a shot from juniorAnna Zambricki just over the cross bar. Donnellan finished the game with 18 saves, and has a 19-4-2 mark with eight shutouts in goal heading into the NCAA semifinals. She stopped three of the five pentalty kicks by Washington U., and also converted the eventual game-winning PK.
Washington U. outshot Capital, 38-8, for the game and had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Bears' eight seniors – Becky Berels, Darcy Banco, Kate Doyle, Rachel Ing, Jessica Johnson, Jen Reed Lauren Steimle and Anna Zambricki - ended their careers with a 68-16-4 (.778) record at Washington University, making four NCAA Tournament appearances, and were the 2012 and 2013 University Athletic Association (UAA) Champions.
Bear Notebook: The two teams met for the first time in school history … Washington U. is 24-11-6 in 13 all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament … The Bears have a 17-1-2 record all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament … The 14-game winning streak was the second longest in school history … The Bears outscored their opponents, 78-8, this season, and posted a shutout in 16 of 22 games … Washington U. has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals three-straight seasons … Head coach Jim Conlon is 11-3-9 in overtime in his six-years at Washington U., including a 3-0-4 mark in the NCAA Tournament.