St. Louis, Mo., September 8, 2013 – The No. 4 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team recorded its fourth-straight shutout with a 5-0 victory over Central College (Iowa) Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.
This marks the first time in school history the Bears have started a season with four-straight shutouts. Sophomore Amy French (73:23, one save) and freshman Lizzy Crist (16:37) each saw time in the goal to record the combined shutout.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead early in the contest at the 5:52 mark as junior Lillie Toaspern finished off a give-and-go from senior Kate Doyle and sophomore Olivia Lillegraven to make it 1-0. The goal for Toaspern was her team-leading fourth of the season and 23rd of her career, moving her into ninth place on the all-time goal scored list. She also moved into a tie with junior Anna Zambricki for ninth on the all-time scoring list with 61 points.
Washington U. pushed the advantage to 2-0 in the 19th minute when senior Darcy Banco drilled a shot from 35 yards out to the far corner and just over the head of Central goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi. The goal for Banco was the first of her career. The Bears outshot Central 13-1 in the opening half.
Senior Jessica Johnson found the back of the net early in the second half to push the advantage to 3-0. Lunardi misplayed a free kick that landed on the foot of Johnson who immediately chipped it into the net. Just four minutes later, a give-and-go from Johnson and senior Becky Berels resulted in a header by Lillegraven to make it 4-0.
Junior Kaylin Balley cleaned up a scrum in the box off a corner kick from Berels at the 76:19 mark to round out the scoring. The assist for Berels was her conference-leading fourth of the season. Washington U. outshot Central 28-1, and the Bears had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington University (4-0) concludes a three-game home stand against Illinois Wesleyan University Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Titans are 2-0-2 and coming off a 1-1 double overtime tie Sept. 8 at University of California-Santa Cruz.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. and Central College met for the first time in school history … The Bears are 49-8-3 (.842) at home in six seasons under head coach Jim Conlon … Washington U. has outscored its opponents 24-0 through the first four games … The Bears are 4-0 for the third-straight season and eighth time in school history … Doyle's assist in the first half was the 18th of her career, 10th most in school history.