Wheaton, Ill., Sept. 26, 2015 – Senior Olivia Lillegraven scored a pair of goals in a span of six minutes to lead the No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 3-1 win at No. 23 Wheaton College (Ill.) in a battle of nationally-ranked teams Saturday in Wheaton, Ill.
WashU improved to 7-1 with the win, while Wheaton fell to 6-3.
"We were going against a pretty heavy wind in the first half. We got some good scoring opportunities in the second and Olivia finished them," head coach Jim Conlon said. "We asked the girls to enjoy this win, but have to get back to work tomorrow."
After a scoreless first half, Lillegraven scored in the 47th minute on an assist from junior Katie Chandler to make it 1-0. She found the back of the net again in the 52nd minute off a cross from freshman Darcy Cunningham to push the lead to 2-0.
The goal for Lillegraven was her team-leading fifth of her career and 24th of her career, tied for ninth on the all-time WashU scoring list.
Cunningham added an insurance goal in the 68th minute on an assist from sophomore Megan Renken to push the lead to 3-0. Wheaton scored in the 73rd minute on a penalty kick to round out the scoring.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made seven saves, including five in the first half, to improve to 7-1. Wheaton outshot WashU 16-10, and the Thunder had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU opens a two-game home stand Wednesday, Sept. 30, against Webster University. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m., and will be Sophomore Spirit Day.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Wheaton leads the all-time series with WashU, 13-5-2 … The victory for WashU was its first over Wheaton since 2006 … The Bears have won five-straight games, outscoring its opponents 11-2 … WashU is 2-0 against ranked teams this season.