St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 12, 2015 – Senior forward Olivia Lillegraven scored a pair of goals in a span of 48 seconds as the No. 22-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team rallied for a 2-1 win over Wartburg College in the 2015 home opener Saturday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.
With the Bears trailing 1-0 but controlling the pace of play, Lillegraven headed home a cross from sophomore Megan Renken at 65:33 to tie the score.
Lillegraven scored again from 15 yards out in the 67th minute after Renken sent a cross into the box that sophomore Megan Wolf flicked to Lillegraven. The goal for Lillegraven was her team-leading third of the season and 22nd of her career, 11th most in school history.
"We were trying to build our offense out of the back and get the opportunities in the box," said Lillegraven. "Megan Renken and Megan Wolf did a great job of giving us the opportunities."
WashU improved to 3-1 with the win, while Wartburg fell to 3-2. The Bears outshot the Knights 15-4 for the game, including 10-3 in the second half. WashU also had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU did not find the back of the net in the opening half but outshot Wartburg 5-1. Lillegraven had the best scoring chance for WashU in the 18th minute when her shot deflected of the crossbar.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made two saves in goal to pick up the win and improve to 3-1.
WashU continues its four-game homestand against Rhodes College (3-1) Sunday at 1 p.m. The Lynx defeated Fontbonne University 2-0 Saturday for their third-straight win.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU has won all four meetings between the two teams, outscoring Wartburg 13-2 … The Bears are 65-14-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Conlon … The game-winning goal for Lillegraven was the ninth of her career, tied for eighth most in school history … The Bears have won six-straight home openers.