No. 1 WashU wins Top-10 Matchup with No. 10 Pomona

No. 1 WashU wins Top-10 Matchup with No. 10 Pomona

Clayton, Mo., Sept. 9, 2017 – Junior Darcy Cunningham dished out three assists and sophomore Taylor Cohen scored two goals as the No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 3-1 win over No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Saturday at Gay Field in Clayton, Mo.

WashU improved to 3-0 and ran its unbeaten streak to 17 games, while Pomona-Pitzer fell to 1-2. 

"We came out and played hard. We tried to move the ball around and win the tackles. Pomona-Pitzer is a very talented team, and the best team we have seen this year," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "Scoring early is important, and to get one on an offensive corner is fantastic."

It took WashU just 3:23 to get the lead after Cohen headed home a corner kick from Cunningham on the Bears' first shot of the game.

Pomona's Chloe Hamer answered WashU's early goal with a tally in the 17th minute after she dribbled around three defenders and fired a shot from 30 yards out that snuck over the head of sophomore goalkeeper Katy Hutson.

Junior Maggie Crist scored with 2.3 seconds left to give the Bears the lead for good after heading home a corner kick from Cunningham. The game-winning goal for Crist was the first of her career.

Each team had five shots in the opening half.

Cunningham set up the insurance goal in the 53rd minute after she beat two defenders down the sideline and fed Cohen in the box for the open net. 

Sophomore Katy Hutson (45 minutes, one save) and freshman Emma Greenfield (45 minutes, two saves) split time in goal. Hutson (2-0) made the start and picked up the victory.

WashU outshot Pomona-Pitzer 11-8 and each team had three corner kicks.                                                                                                                                                              

WashU closes a three-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 10, against Millikin University (4-0). Game time is set for 1 p.m., and will be broadcast live on the Bear Sports Network.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: The teams met for the first time in school history … Crist has two goals this season after scoring just two in 44 games her first two years … WashU is one of three UAA teams (Chicago, Carnegie Mellon) that remain undefeated … The Bears are 8-0-1 against ranked teams the last two years.