Chicago, Ill., Nov. 7, 2015 – The No. 4-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team won the 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship and gained the league's automatic bid with a 2-0 win at No. 19 University of Chicago Saturday afternoon in the Windy City.
WashU improved its overall record to 16-2, including 6-1 in the UAA, while Chicago dropped to 12-6, and 4-3 in the UAA. The UAA championship for the Bear is their third in the last four years, and 10th overall.
"We fought hard today and followed the game plan. It was a fantastic team effort," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon, who picked up his 225th career win as a collegiate women's coach. "The girls have been very specific entire year – to win the UAA title. They stayed focused on that goal from day one."
Senior Olivia Lillegraven scored the game-winning goal in the 30th minute off a free kick from 30 yards out. The goal for Lillegraven was her conference-leading 11th of the season and 30th of her career.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made four saves to preserve the Bears' 12th shutout of the year. WashU' defense allowed one goal in seven UAA games, tied for the second lowest total in conference history.
"We fought today and was very focused and wanting to get the win," said Crist. "We have some good chemistry in the back line and it has grown each game. We try and come out each game and build a brick wall."
Chicago outshot WashU 14-13 and had a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Selection Show will be streamed live on www.ncaa.com on Monday, Nov. 9, at Noon (CT). The Bears will be making their 10th-straight NCAA appearance and 15th overall.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Chicago, 15-11-2, and the Bears have won the last five meetings … Lillegraven moved into a tie for third place in school history in game-winning goals (13) and eighth in goals (30) … WashU has allowed one goal in the last nine games played … Crist moved into sixth place in WashU school history in wins (25) and seventh in saves (107) ... The Bears are 31-4 on the road the last three seasons … WashU is 5-1 this season against ranked teams.