October 9, 2013

No. 3 Women’s Soccer Defeats Fontbonne 3-0 For 10th Win of Season

St. Louis, Mo., October 9, 2013 — Senior midfielder Becky Berels scored a goal and had two assists to lead the No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Fontbonne University Wednesday night at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Berels, who scored her fourth game-winning goal of her career, has four goals and a University Athletic Association (UAA) best eight assists. She is now tied for second on the team with 16 points.

Despite outshooting Fontbonne 12-0 in the first half, Washington U. managed to find the net just once in the opening 45 minutes of play. The Bears had control of the ball for most of the first half, and did not allow a shot on goal.

At the 16:59 mark in the first half, senior Rachel Ing played a ball into the box that Fontbonne goalkeeper Meggin Werner misplayed and Berels knocked into an open net. The assist for Ing was the first of the season.

Fontbonne nearly tied it in the 53rd minute after freshman goalkeeper Lizzy Crist was out of the net and nearly got burnt but the shot by Erica Kaiping was wide right.

Berels set up Washington U.'s second goal in the 55th minute, as she sent a corner kick into the box that was headed in by senior Lauren Steimle. Sophomore Sam Ezratty was also credited with an assist after she headed the initial cross from Berels to Steimle for the goal.

Senior Jessica Johnson added the insurance goal for Washington U. in the 63rd minute after she took a cross from Berels and headed into the far corner to make it 3-0. The goal for Johnson was her fourth of the season and 18th of her career.

Crist, who made her first career start and picked up the win in goal, played 71 minutes and faced just one shot. Freshman goalkeeper Nina Gerson saw action in the final 19 minutes and made one save.

Washington U. outshot Fontbonne 27-3 and had a 13-0 advantage in corner kicks. Merner made eight saves for Fontbonne, who had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Washington University (10-1) continues its four-game home stand against No. 14-ranked Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Fontbonne, 16-0, and the Bears have outscored the Griffins, 85-3, in the 16 games played … The Bears have recorded 10 or more wins in a season for the 12th-straight season and 20th time in school history … Washington U. is 52-9-3 (.836) at home the past six seasons … Steimle found the net for the fifth time in her career in three games against Fontbonne … Washington U. has yet to allow a goal in regulation.