St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 1, 2015 – The No. 6-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team celebrated Senior Day with a 1-0 double overtime win over Case Western Reserve University Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis.
Junior forward Katie Chandler scored the game-winning goal for the Bears for the second-straight contest. Chandler took a pass from senior Olivia Lillegraven, and fired a shot from 30 yards out that was chipped over Case goalkeeper Megan Romelfanger. (WATCH REPLAY)
The goal for Chandler was her fifth of the season and 22nd of her career. Of Chandler's five goals this season, four have been game-winners.
"When you are in overtime, you have to try anything," said Chandler. "I got the ball, turned, and gave it a go, and it happened to go in."
Prior to Sunday's contest, WashU honored its seven seniors – Liz Collins, Sam Ezratty, Amy French, Olivia Lillegraven, Sade Odumuye, Anna Sippel and Abby Starker. The second winningest class in school history, this group has helped lead the Bears to a 67-9-6 (.854) overall record in four seasons on the Danforth Campus.
WashU improved its overall record to 15-2, and 5-1 in the in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Case Western Reserve dropped to 7-6-4, 0-5-1 in the UAA. The Bears remained in a tie for first place in the UAA standings with Carnegie Mellon University, who defeated Chicago 4-1 today in the Windy City.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made four saves to preserve the Bears' 11th shutout of the season. Crist came up with a huge save in the 18th minute after a point blank shot by Meredith Shea inside the six.
Case, who has not scored in the past five games, nearly scored on its first opportunity in the second minute after Elle Zadina's header went wide off the net. The Bears put together a nice sequence in the 12th minute, but Chandler's shot was pushed out of bounds by Case goalkeeper Megan Romelfanger.
The Bears' best scoring opportunity in the second half came in the 86th minute after a foul inside the box resulted in a penalty kick. Lillegraven's PK was stopped by Romelfanger to send the game to OT.
WashU had a good chance in the 105th minute, as Chandler's shot just slid just wide. Chandler finished the contest with five shots, while Lillegraven took eight. WashU outshot Case 27-10, including 7-0 in the two overtimes. The Bears also had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU plays its final regular contest at No. 18 Chicago (12-5, 4-2 UAA) on Saturday, Nov. 7. Game time is set for 10 a.m. in Hyde Park.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve, 24-3, and the Bears have won 21 of the last 22 meetings … The Bears have recorded 15 or more wins in six of eight seasons under head coach Jim Conlon … The Bears finished the regular season 9-0 at home … Conlon is 13-5-11 in overtime in eight years at WashU.