October 12, 2013

No. 3 Women’s Soccer Wins UAA Home Opener Against No. 14 Carnegie Mellon 2-1

St. Louis, Mo., October 12, 2013 – Senior Jessica Johnson scored a goal and had an assist to lead the No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over No. 14 Carnegie Mellon University Saturday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Washington U. improves to 11-1 overall and moves into sole possession of first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings with a 2-0 mark, while Carnegie Mellon falls to 6-2-2, 0-1-1 in the UAA.

The Bears came out firing as Johnson scored on the Bears' third shot attempt in the opening 4:10 to make it 1-0. She took a pass from sophomore Olivia Lillegraven and finished the play with a shot to the far corner for her fifth goal of the year.

It remained a one-goal game until the 43rd minute, when Johnson made a nice pass to junior Lillie Toaspern who finished with a shot to the far corner. The goal for Toaspern was her seventh of the season and 26th of her career. The Tartans answered right back with a goal just before half at when Anna Vonderhaar scored from 30 yards out that snuck over the head of sophomore goalkeeper Amy French to make it 2-1.

Washington U. outshot Carnegie Mellon 9-8 in the opening half, and French made three saves for Washington U.

The Bears wore down a tired Carnegie Mellon squad in the second half, outshooting the Tartans, 12-5. Freshman Katie Chandler nearly gave the Bears a two-goal lead at the 74:54 mark when her shot from 20 yards out went off the crossbar. Just 12 seconds later, junior Anna Zambricki had a golden opportunity with an open net but her header went over the goal.

French made six saves and picked up the win in goal improving to 10-1. Anna Albi (45, minutes, two goals against, three saves) and Katie Liston (45 minutes, three saves) split time in goal for Carnegie Mellon, who had its six-game unbeaten streak snapped with the loss.

Washington U. continues UAA play at home against Case Western Reserve University Friday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m., and the University of Rochester Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. The Bears will honor their eight seniors Sunday against Rochester.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. has won eight-straight meetings between the two teams and leads the all-time series, 17-3-3 … WUSTL allowed its first goal in regulation – a span of 1,034 minutes … The Bears have outscored its opponents 47-2 through the first 12 games played and are 2-1 against top-25 teams … Washington U. has a 13-game UAA unbeaten streak dating back to the 2011 season … The Bears are 6-1 at home in 2013, and have a 53-9-3 (.838) record in the past six seasons under head coach Jim Conlon.