St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 30, 2015 – The No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team ran its winning streak to six games with a 3-1 win over Webster University in the Battle of Big Bend Wednesday at Francis Field in St. Louis.
WashU improved to 8-1 with the win, while Webster had its three-game win streak snapped and fell to 5-4.
Senior Olivia Lillegraven, the reigning University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week, had a goal and assist in the second half for WashU. Lillegraven leads the conference in goals (six) and points (15).
"Webster always brings a good fight and is one of our rivalries," said Lillegraven. "I have been focusing on trying to shoot from that position and take opportunities when I have it."
WashU outshot Webster 31-6, and had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
A perfect passing sequence from freshman Darcy Cunningham and sophomore Rachel Mickelson resulted in a shot from inside the box by junior Katie Chandler for the only goal of the first half in the 18th minute. The goal by Chandler was her second of the season and 19th of her career.
WashU had another scoring opportunity in the 35th minute when senior Liz Collins snuck through the Gorlok defense and fired a shot from inside the box that Robin Bolme made a kick save.
WashU outshot Webster 13-2 in the opening half.
The Bears pressured the Gorloks in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and found the back of the net in the 55th minute after sophomore Megan Renken scored of a rebound shot by senior Olivia Lillegraven.
Webster answered right back in the 57th minute after a bad clearance by WashU resulted in a goal by Brianna Pagan to trim the lead to 2-1.
Lillegraven added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute when she converted a penalty kick after a handball in the box by Webster. The goal for Lillegraven was the 25th of her career.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made three saves and improved to 8-1.
WashU opens University Athletic Association (UAA) play Sunday, Oct. 4, at home against the University of Rochester (4-3-1). Game time is set for 11 a.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Webster, 15-0-1, and the Bears have won the last 14 meetings between the two teams … WashU is 69-14-7 all-time at home under head coach Jim Conlon, including 5-0 this season.