St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 13, 2015 – The No. 22-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team blanketed Rhodes College Sunday afternoon limiting the Lynx to three shots en route to a 1-0 victory at Francis Field in St. Louis.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist posted the second shutout of the season for the Bears making two saves. WashU outshot Rhodes 26-3 and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU improved to 4-1 with the win, while Rhodes dropped to 3-2.
WashU dominated play throughout the first half, and took advantage on its first corner kick of the game in the 20th minute. Senior Sam Ezratty headed home the corner from junior Hannah Rosenberg to give the Bears the early 1-0 advantage. The goal for Ezratty was her third of the season, tying for the team lead.
"The backline was talking a lot today and trying to anticipate where their target forwards were and where they were going to play the ball," said Ezratty. "Hannah (Rosenberg) has been sending in some awesome corner kicks all season, putting them in a perfect spot. She makes it easy."
The Bears continued to put the pressure on the Lynx, and sophomore Rachel Mickelson nearly made it 2-0 in the 34th minute when her left footed shot in the box was deflected by Rhodes goalkeeper Chandler Kuhlman.
WashU had two more chances late in the first half as junior Katie Chandler had a point blank shot in the 41st minute that Kuhlman saved, and then freshman Jessica Kovach fired a shot from inside box in the 43rd minute that went over the bar.
The Bears outshot Rhodes 12-1 in the first half.
WashU continued to feed Chandler in the second half, and she nearly scored in the 54th minute when her shot inside box went over the crossbar. Sophomore Megan Wolf lofted a shot in the 72nd minute that went off the crossbar and out of bounds.
Kuhlman made 10 saves in the defeat for Rhodes, who entered the contest with three-consecutive shutouts.
WashU hosts No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Rhodes, 14-1-1, and has won 11-straight meetings … The Bears are 66-14-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Conlon.