St. Louis, Mo., October 20, 2013 – The No. 2 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team celebrated senior day with a 4-2 victory over the University of Rochester Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.
Washington U. improves to 13-1 and 4-0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, while Rochester falls to 5-5-3, 0-2-2 in conference action. The Bears remain in first place in the conference standings and hold a three-point lead over second place Emory University with three games remaining.
Prior to the contest, Washington University honored its eight seniors - Darcy Banco, Becky Berels, Kate Doyle, Rachel Ing, Jessica Johnson, Jen Reed, Lauren Steimle and Anna Zambricki. This group has compiled an overall record of 61-16-3 (.781) overall record, including an 18-4-3 mark in UAA play.
Johnson gave the Bears a 1-0 lead in the second minute after junior Lillie Toaspern sent a pass that snuck through the Rochester defense and on the foot to an open Johnson who one-timed it into the open goal. She scored again in the ninth minute, heading home a corner kick from Berels to make it 2-0. The goal for Johnson was the seventh of the season and 21st of her career.
Washington U. continued to apply the pressure on Rochester, but it was the Yellowjackets who answered back in the 31st minute after Jessica Smith knocked in a corner kick from Emily Downie to make it 2-1. The goal for Smith was her conference-best 10th of the season. The Bears had an 11-3 advantage in shots and each team had three corner kicks.
It took Washington U. just 54 seconds into the second to get the two-goal lead back after Berels sent a pass through the defense to sophomore Olivia Lillegraven, who sent a left-footed shot to the near corner to make it 3-1. The goal for Lillegraven was her team-leading 10th of the season, trying Smith for the conference lead, while Berels picked up her conference-best 11th assist.
Rochester did not go away, as they cut the lead in half after Kathryn Rowe converted a penalty kick at 51:44 after Washington U. was called for a hand ball in the box.
Freshman Katie Chandler added the much-needed insurance goal at the 74:27 mark on an assist from senior Lauren Steimle to extend the Washington U. advantage to 4-2. The goal for Chandler was her second of the weekend and fifth on the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French picked up the win in goal despite giving up a season-high two goals. French still leads the UAA with a 0.33 goals against average, allowing four goals in 1,102 minutes played. Washington U. outshot Rochester 27-6 and the Bears had the 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington U. opens a four-game road trip with a non-conference game at Millikin University Tuesday, Oct. 29. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. in Decatur, Ill.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Rochester, 13-10-2, and has not lost to the Yellowjackets since 2005 … The Bears have a 15-game UAA unbeaten streak dating back to the 2011 season … Washington U. is 8-1 at home in 2013, and have a 55-9-3 (.843) record in the past six seasons under head coach Jim Conlon … Toaspern's assist moved her into a tie for eighth on the all-time scoring list with 69 points … Berel's 11 assists are tied for sixth most in a single season in school history.