Clayton, Mo., Oct. 1, 2014 – Senior midfielder Kaylin Balley broke a scoreless tie early in the second half by heading home a corner kick from sophomore back Hannah Rosenberg as the No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 4-0 win at Fontbonne University Wednesday night at Gay Field in Clayton, Mo.
Washington U. improved to 9-0-1 with the win, and extended its unbeaten streak to 25 games dating back to the 2013 season. Fontbonne had its three-game winning streak snapped and dropped its record to 8-2-1.
Balley's goal in the 50th minute gave Washington U. some confidence after a scoreless first half. The Bears made it 2-0 just over four minutes later after senior Lillie Toaspern headed home a corner kick from Rosenberg. The goal for Toaspern was her team-leading sixth of the season and 38th of her career, one shy of fifth place all-time.
Junior back Sam Ezratty scored the Bears' third goal in a span of 19 minutes after she buried a rebound from junior Anna Sippel's shot in the 69th minute. The goal for Ezratty was her first of the season and third of her career. Sippel rounded out the scoring in the 83rd minute after she received a pass from sophomore Megan Nicklay and fired a shot from 20 yards out to the upper corner. Sippel's goal was her third of the season.
Washington U. outshot Fontbonne 23-3, and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeepers Lizzy Crist (76:50) and Nina Gerson (13:10) combined for the shutout, the Bears' ninth of the season.
WUSTL played fast from the start and wore down a Fontbonne squad that only dressed 15 for the contest. The Griffins, who entered the contest allowing four goals in nine games, withstood WUSTL's pressure and limited the Bears to just nine shots in the first half.
Washington U. had their first scoring opportunity in the 25th minute after sophomore Katie Chandler took a pass from Toaspern and fired a left-footed shot that Fontbonne keeper Taylor Pulvirenti corralled. In the 37th minute, junior Olivia Lillegraven slipped through the Griffin defense and fired a shot that Pulvirenti got a finger on to knock out of bounds.
Toaspern nearly broke the tie in the 41st minute when her shot deflected off Pulvirenti's leg and then off the far post and stayed in play. Washington U. had a 9-2 advantage in shots in the first half. Pulvirenti had 10 saves for Fontbonne in the loss.
Washington U. opens University Athletic Association (UAA) play at home against No.-5ranked Emory University on Sunday, Oct. 5. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. at Francis Field
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Fontbonne, 17-0, outscoring the Griffins 89-3 in the 17 games played … Balley's goal was her first of the season and seventh of her career … WUSTL is 48-3-3 in the last three seasons … Washington U. has allowed just one goal in 925:42 this season.