No. 12 Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Illinois College 4-0

No. 12 Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Illinois College 4-0

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 20, 2015 – The No. 12-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team ran its winning streak to four games with a 4-0 win over Illinois College Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.

WashU improved to 6-1 with the win, while Illinois College suffered its third-straight loss and fell to 3-4.

The Bears outshot Illinois College 55-1 and had a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.

WashU dominated the first half outshooting Illinois College 24-1. Senior Liz Collins got the Bears on the board in the 26th minute after she scored on a breakaway after a give-and-go with senior Olivia Lillegraven.

WashU added another goal in the 37th minute as freshman Mariana Alisio scored off a corner kick by senior Anna Sippel. Senior Sam Ezratty headed the initial cross to Alisio, who one-timed a shot into the back of the net.

Freshman Darcy Cunningham pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 48th minute as she one-timed a cross from Alisio into the back of the net for the first goal of her career. Sophomore Rachel Mickelson added an insurance goal in the 69th minute to round out the scoring.

"Yesterday was a huge win against a top-five team, so today we wanted to start out fast and keep the level high," said Cunningham, who recorded eight shots in the win.

Junior Lizzy Crist and senior Amy French each played 45 minutes in goal to secure the shutout for WashU, its third-straight and fourth of the season. Illinois College goalkeeper Cat Solberg made 19 saves in the defeat.

WashU returns to action Saturday, Sept. 26, at No. 24-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.). Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Wheaton, Ill.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Illinois College met for the first time in school history … The Bears are 68-14-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Conlon … French lowered her goals against average to 0.44, lowest in school history.