Granville, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2015 – The No. 4-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 4-0 win over York College (Pa.) in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship Saturday in Granville, Ohio.
WashU improved its overall record to 17-2 with the win, the fourth highest single-season win total in school history. York ends its season with an 9-11 mark.
"We played well today. We moved the ball around and utilized all team members," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "We jumped on them early with Olivia's (Lillegraven) goal, and then Jessica Kovach came off bench and set up Katie's (Chandler) goal."
WashU was aggressive early in the contests, firing numerous long shots on York goalkeeper Kate Lutte. On the sixth shot of the day, senior Olivia Lillegraven beat Lutte with a shot from 40 yards out in the 17th minute to make it 1-0. The goal for Lillegraven was her conference-leading 12th of the season and 31st of her career.
The Bears made it 2-0 in the 30th minute after junior Katie Chandler scored with a shot from 10 yards out. Freshman Jessica Kovach picked up the assist by lofting a pass over the York defense. The goal for Chandler was her sixth of the season.
WashU outshot York 11-6 in the opening half.
The Bears pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 50th minute as senior Anna Sippel scored on off a diving header on a cross from sophomore Megan Renken. Freshman Darcy Cunningham rounded out the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 68th minute.
WashU outshot York 20-10, and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist (67:26, two saves) and senior Amy French (22:34, one save) combined to post the Bears' 13th shutout of the season.
"The defense locked down for the entire game," Conlon added. "The tournament is two games back to back, and we need to get ourselves ready mentally and physically for tomorrow."
WashU advances to take on the winner of host Denison University and DeSales University Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET).
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and York met for the first time in school history … The Bears are making their 10th-straight NCAA appearance and 15th overall … WashU has allowed one goal in the last 10 games played … The Bears have a 25-12-6 (.651) overall record in NCAA Tournament play … WashU is 32-4 on the road in the last three seasons.