St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 19, 2015 – Junior forward Katie Chandler netted her first goal of the season in the 84th minute to lead the No. 12-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over No. 4-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.
Chandler took a pass down the left side, beat two defenders, and fired a shot to the far corner for the game-winning goal, the fifth of her career.
"It was nice to get that one against Illinois Wesleyan," said Chandler. "We were knocking on their door and pressing creating good opportunities all day. I did not want to let that one get away for us."
WashU improved to 5-1 with the win, while Illinois Wesleyan suffered its first loss of the season and dropped to 7-1.
The Bears controlled play in the first 20 minutes and recorded the first four shots of the game. Sophomore Rachel Mickelson had a good scoring opportunity in the seventh minute after her shot inside the box went off the side of the post.
Illinois Wesleyan had its best scoring opportunity of the half in the 27th minute after Tess Bottorff beat a WashU defender down the sideline and fired a shot to the near post that junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist deflected over the bar.
WashU outshot IWU 6-3 in the opening half, and each team had two corner kicks.
Chandler nearly broke the tie in the 57th minute when her point blank shot inside the six was saved by IWU goalkeeper Katie Denney. Crist came up big again for the Bears in the 65th minute when she denied a shot from Amanda Kaiser. She made two saves in the win and improved her record to 5-1.
The Bears outshot Illinois Wesleyan 13-9 and had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU closes out a four-game home stand against Illinois College Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with IWU, 9-5-4, and have won five-straight meetings … 15 of the 18 matches between the two teams have been decided by a goal or less … The Bears are 67-14-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Conlon … WashU has played five-straight one-goal games … IWU has allowed just two goals all season.