St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 13, 2016 – Senior Katie Chandler scored a pair of goals to lead the No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Luther College in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Tournament Sunday at Francis Field in St. Louis.
WashU improved its overall record to 16-2-2, while Luther ended its season with a 13-3-3 mark after making its first NCAA appearance.
WashU advances to Sectional play for the fifth time in the last six seasons and for the 12th time in school history. The Bears take on No. 10-ranked Hardin Simmons University on Saturday, Nov. 21, at a site to be determined. The Sectional host will be announced Monday.
"It was a great team effort all weekend. To go 2-0 with a pair of shutouts is fantastic," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "By getting over to the Sweet 16 healthy, and with such a great effort, we are excited."
WashU started slow against the Luther defense that had four defenders on the back line. The Bears had two chances in a span of 77 seconds after Chandler sent a shot over the crossbar and then junior Mia Mastroianni's shot from inside the box went right to the keeper.
The Bears continued to press and freshman Taylor Cohen set up the first goal of the game just 21 seconds later as she sent a cross that sophomore Caroline Dempsey finished with a shot to the far corner. The goal for Dempsey was her fifth of the season, while the assist for Cohen was also her fifth.
Luther had its best chance in the 28th minute off a corner kick, but senior Lizzy Crist made a leaping save off a header from Hanna Christopher.
Chandler pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 35th minute when she picked up a loose ball and set a quick shot to the far right corner.
WashU outshot Luther 10-2 in the first half.
Chandler found the back of the net in the 59th minute when she took a through ball from sophomore Darcy Cunningham and then fired a shot to the far corner. The goal for Chandler was her team-leading 10th of the season and 35th of her career.
"An awesome team victory today. We came out flying and it was a great day to play," Chandler. "It was fun to finally get a second goal in a game."
Crist (16-1-1) made three saves and played 73:07 in goal, while freshman Katy Hutson played the final 16:53. The shutout for WashU was its 16th of the season, tied for the most in a single-season in school history.
WashU outshot Luther 20-7 and the Norse had a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Bears were called for five offsides and 15 fouls.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Luther met for the second time in school history and first since 1992 … The Bears improved to 21-2-2 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament … WashU has a 9-0-1 mark at home this year, and the Bears are unbeaten in their last 21 games at Francis Field … Crist has not allowed a goal in 697 minutes, a span of eight games … Chandler moved into seventh place in school history in goals and points (83) … The Bears are 30-13-7 record in 16 all-time NCAA appearances.