St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 12, 2016 – The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team recorded its 15th shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Knox College in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament Saturday at Francis Field in St. Louis.
WashU improved its overall record to 15-2-2, while Knox ended its season with a 19-1-1 mark. The Bears take on the winner of Denison University and Luther College Sunday at 1 p.m. in the second round.
Senior Hannah Rosenberg had a goal and an assist in the win for WashU.
"The back line takes a lot of pride in what we do and we like to call ourselves the brick wall.," said Rosenberg. "We are going to keep that up every time we get on the field for the rest of postseason."
WashU struck first just 2:18 into the game after sophomore Darcy Cunningham lofted a left-footed shot from from the left wing that snuck over the head of Knox goalkeeper Sierra Daniger. The goal for Cunningham was her fourth of the year.
Rosenberg made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute when she finished a cross from junior Mariana Alisio. The goal for Rosenberg was her fourth of the season.
WashU outshot Knox 16-0 in the first half.
Junior Kat Kerska pushed the advantage to 3-0 with a goal in the 68th minute. Kerska launched a shot from 25 yards out that deflected off a Knox defender for the first goal of her career.
"Knox did a very good job of coming out and giving us a good game. The goal was to keep the ball to feet and move it around which got us the energy we needed," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "Getting that goal in the first three minutes changed the game. We were able to take a deep breath and continue doing what we were doing."
Senior Lizzy Crist (15-1-1) picked up the win in goal making two saves.
WashU had a 32-4 advantage in shots and 7-2 in corner kicks.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Knox met for the first time in school history … The Bears improved to 20-2-2 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament … Crist has not allowed a goal in 624 minutes, a span of seven games … WashU has an 8-0-1 mark at home this year, and the Bears are unbeaten in their last 20 games at Francis Field … Knox entered the contest allowing three goals … WashU has a 29-13-7 record in 16 all-time appearances, while Knox was making its first NCAA appearances.