Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 11, 2014 – Junior Sam Ezratty broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 62nd minute to lead the No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 1-0 conference victory at No. 4-ranked and previously undefeated Carnegie Mellon University Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Senior Lillie Toaspern took a free kick from the right side and CMU goalkeeper Katie Liston punched the ball and it hit the underside of the cross bar and bounced out. Ezratty continued with the play and headed the rebound over the keeper's outstretched arms for the game-winning goal.
Washington U. improves to 10-0-2 with the win, 1-0-1 in the UAA, while Carnegie Mellon drops to 9-1, 1-1 in the UAA. The Bears extended their unbeaten streak to 27 games dating back to the 2013 season.
"Carnegie Mellon is an extremely talented and organized team," said Washington U. head coach Jim Conlon. "I am ecstatic about our effort and resolve today. There was many times the game could have turned but our poise kept us as one."
Carnegie Mellon outshot Washington U, 6-5, with all the shots for both teams coming in the second half. The Tartans took all four corner kicks in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made one save as she preserved the Bears' 10th shutout of the season.
Washington U. continues UAA play on the road with a pair of games at Case Western Reserve University on Friday, Oct. 17, and at the University of Rochester on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 18-3-2, and the Bears have on the last nine meetings … The Bears are 49-3-4 in the last three seasons … Washington U. has allowed just two goals in 1125:42 this season outscoring its opponents 33-2 … The assist for Toaspern was her conference-leading ninth of the season and 29th of her career, fourth most in school history … Toaspern also moved into a tie for fourth place in school history in points (105) … The game-winning goal for Ezratty was the second of her career.