September 12, 2013

No. 3 Washington U. Women’s Soccer Powers Past Illinois Wesleyan 5-0

St. Louis, Mo., September 12, 2013 – Junior forward Anna Zambricki scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team remained undefeated with a 5-0 victory over Illinois Wesleyan University Thursday night at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Zambricki, who missed the last two games with an injury, scored two goals in a span of nine minutes in the first half to give Washington U. the 2-0 advantage. The game-winning goal for Zambricki was the 11th of her career, tying current assistant coach Caitlin Malone for fifth in school history with 11.

Washington University, who entered the game ranked fourth in NCAA Division III in scoring offense (6.0 goals per game), has now scored five or more goals in each of its five victories this year. The Bears have outscored its opponents 29-0, and have not allowed a goal in 450 minutes played.

Illinois Wesleyan (2-1-2) controlled the opening 20 minutes of play, but the play of sophomore goalkeeper Amy French in the first half was the difference. She made a career-high six saves in the first half, including a save at the 33:52 mark when she punched a ball over the net on a shot by Hannah Ketterling.

Zambricki gave Washington U. the 1-0 lead at the 25:14 mark, after junior Lillie Toaspern flicked a ball over the defense to Zambricki and then tapped it into the back of the net. Just nine minutes later, Zambricki followed up a shot from senior Lauren Steimle at 34:58 to make it 2-0. Zambricki has 27 goals in 40 career games and moved into eighth on the all-time scoring list with 66 points.

Toaspern pushed the lead to 3-0 at 37:52 when she drilled a shot from 35-yards out to the upper left corner. The goal for Toaspern was her team-leading fifth goal of the year. Washington U. outshot Illinois 12-9 in the opening half.

The Bears continued to put the pressure early in the second half, and a rebound goal by senior Becky Berels off a shot from Zambricki in the 55th minute made it 4-0. Sophomore Olivia Lillegraven rounded out the scoring in the 78th minute as she took a pass from Steimle and buried a shot from 30 yards out. The goal by Lillegraven was her fifth of the year, tying Toaspern for the team lead.

French finished with six saves as she recorded her fourth shutout of the year. Washington U.'s defense clamped down in the second half, allowing just two shots. The Bears outshot Illinois Wesleyan, 22-11, for the game and had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Washington U. (5-0) travels to Greenville College Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., followed by a home game against No. 1 ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Illinois Wesleyan, 7-5-4, and 13 of the 16 matches between the two teams have been decided by a goal or less … The Bears are 50-8-3 (.844) at home in six seasons under head coach Jim Conlon … The Bears are 5-0 for the first time since 2011, and for the sixth time in school history … Toaspern's goal in the first half was the 24th of her career, tied for eighth most in school history.