No. 4 Washington U. Women’s Soccer Wins Season Opener at Rhodes 7-0

No. 4 Washington U. Women’s Soccer Wins Season Opener at Rhodes 7-0

Memphis, Tenn., August 30, 2013 – The No. 4 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team won its 2013 season opener with a 7-0 victory at Rhodes College Friday in Memphis, Tenn.

Washington University had five players find the back of the net in the win, including a pair of goals by junior Lillie Toaspern and freshman Katie Chandler.

It took Washington U. just 11:39 to find the net for the first time in 2013. After Rhodes received a corner kick that resulted in the Lynx first shot of the game, the Bears countered 22 seconds later as sophomore Olivia Lillegraven scored the eventual game-winning goal.

Junior Anna Zambricki pushed the Washington U. advantage to 2-0 at the 27:33 mark when she deflected a pass from Chandler to the left corner. The goal for Zambricki was the 25th of her career, moving her into sole possession of seventh place in school history.

Senior Lauren Steimle rounded out the scoring in the first half for Washington University at the 33:54 mark, when she followed up a shot and finished in the lower left corner to make it 3-0. Washington U. outshot Rhodes 11-5 in the first half.

Junior Lillie Toaspern added a pair of goals 34 seconds apart to push the WUSTL advantage to 5-0. The two goals for Toaspern upper her career total to 21, just one shy of current assistant coach Caitlin Malone for 11th place on the all-time goals scored list.

Chandler rounded out the scoring for Washington U. with a pair of goals late in the contest.

Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French made a career-high four saves in her first collegiate start. The Bears outshot Rhodes 22-8 for the game, including a 13-4 mark in shots on goal.

Washington University (1-0) closes out a two-game road trip in Memphis against Mississippi College Saturday, August 31, at 1 p.m. Principia College defeated Mississippi College 1-0 in the opener Friday.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. is 4-2 in season openers under head coach Jim Conlon … Zambricki's goal in the first half pushed her career point total to 60, ninth most in school history … The Bears are 2-1 all-time against Rhodes, winning the last two meetings … Rhodes posted a 15-4-1 record a year ago and finished in a three-way tie for first place in the SAA … The seven goals scored are the most in a season opener since 2001 – an 8-0 victory at Cornell.