Granville, Ohio, Nov. 15, 2015 – Junior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made five saves and preserved the 14th shutout of the season as the No. 4-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 1-0 win at Denison University in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship Sunday afternoon in Granville, Ohio.
Junior Katie Chandler scored the game-winning goal for WashU in the 24th minute. The goal for Chandler was her fourth in the last five games and seventh of season. She also moved into a tie for 10th place in school history with 24 career goals.
WashU improved its overall record to 18-2 with the win, the third-highest single-season win total in school history. Denison ends its season with a 16-5 mark.
"The back four and our goalkeeper have done a good job of working off each other," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon, who's team has allowed one goal in the last 11 games. "The unit is doing everything they are capable of."
Denison played on its heels most of the first half, with WashU having an early 6-1 shot advantage. It was Chandler who got through the Denison defense and fired a left-footed shot from 20 yards out to make it 1-0.
Denison nearly answered right back in the in the 25th minute when Andrea Witte's high arching shot was punched over the crossbar by Crist.
"It was a high floater and Lizzy tracked it, and she made a nice play and we battled on the corner kick," Conlon said.
The Big Red had another chance off the corner, but a header by Jessica Skelly was cleared off the line by freshman Darcy Cunningham for a team save.
Denison and WashU played an even second play, and WashU nearly scored the insurance goal in the 90th minute. Sophomore Rachel Mickelson and Cunningham each had point-blank shots in the box in the final minute of play that Denison goalkeeper Jenny Herold stopped.
WashU outshot Denison 16-9, and the Big Red had the 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. The Bears were called for 16 fouls in the win.
WashU advances to Sectional play for the fourth time in the last five seasons and for the 11th time in school history. The Bears take on the winner of No. 15-ranked University of Puget Sound and Wartburg College Saturday, Nov. 21, at a site to be determined. The Sectional host will be announced Monday.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Denison 4-1, and have won both meetings in the NCAA Tournament … WashU has a 26-12-6 (.659) overall record in 15 NCAA Tournament appearances … The Bears are 33-4 on the road in the last three seasons … Chandler moved into a tie for ninth in WashU school history in game-winning goals (9) … Crist moved into a tie for fifth place in career wins (27) … The shutout for Crist was her ninth of the season, tied for fourth most in a single season.