No. 22 Women’s Soccer Wins Season Opener at Greenville 5-0

No. 22 Women’s Soccer Wins Season Opener at Greenville 5-0

Greenville, Ill., Sept. 1, 2015 – The No. 22-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team opened the 2015 season with 5-0 win at Greenville College Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams in Greenville, Ill.

WashU had five different players find the back of the net in the victory, and outshot Greenville, 33-3. The Bears also had an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

WashU started slow against Greenville registering just one shot in the opening 15 minutes of play. The Panthers had their only scoring chance of the game in the 15th minute after Tymber Gabbert hit the crossbar from 40 yards out. Junior Lexie Sprague cleared the rebound off the line, and then Dani Pearce fired a shot that was picked up by junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist.

Head coach Jim Conlon went to the bench to get some fresh legs on the field, and the Bears responded with two goals in a four-minute span.

Senior Sam Ezratty finished a corner kick from junior Hannah Rosenberg at 37:53 to make it 1-0. The goal for Ezratty was the fifth of her career. The Bears continued to put the pressure on as sophomore Megan Renken headed home a corner from Rosenberg at 41:07 to make it 2-0. WashU outshot Greenville 15-3 in the first half.

Senior Olivia Lillegraven finished off a great pass from sophomore Rachel Mickelson in the 55th minute to push the lead to 3-0. The goal for Lillegraven was the 20th of her career.

Five minutes later, junior Megan Nicklay netted the first goal of her career at 60:25 to round out the scoring. Nicklay's free kick from 30 yards out deflected off the cross bar and into the net. Freshman Maggie Crist added the first goal of her career off a give and go from senior Liz Collins in the 82nd minute to round out the scoring.

Lizzy Crist made the start in goal and made two saves in 63 minutes played. Senior Amy French (24:17) and freshman Jacqueline Foody (2:43) also played in goal.

WashU (1-0) continues its three-game road trip to start the 2015 season with a pair of games in California. The Bears travel to California Lutheran University on Saturday, Sept. 5, for a 2 p.m. (PT) contest, followed by a road game at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. (PT).

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU is 6-2 in season openers under Conlon … The Bears lead the all-time series with Greenville 3-0 … WashU had 27 different players see action in the game.