No. 1 Women’s Soccer Picks up 1-0 Win at No. 8 Whitewater

Photo by Roger Mastroianni
Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Whitewater, Wis., Sept. 17, 2017 – Sophomore Jesse Rubin netted the game-winner for the second-straight day as the No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 1-0 victory at No. 8 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Sunday in Whitewater, Wis. 

WashU improved to 6-0 and ran its unbeaten streak to 20 games dating back to last season, while Whitewater suffered its first loss and fell to 4-1-2. The Bears are 9-0-1 against ranked teams the last two years.

"We played a very good team today who came out fast. We were on our heals for the first 20 minutes," said 10th-year head coach Jim Conlon. "We finally settled the ball down in the second half and got some great opportunities."

Rubin, who scored the game-winner against Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, received a flick from classmate Jessica Kovach and buried a shot from 15 yards out in the 81st minute. The game-winner for Rubin was her third of the season, tops in the conference and third in NCAA Division III.

WashU had a 5-1 advantage in shots in the opening half, including a pair of opportunities by Kovach in a four-minute span. Kovach hit the crossbar at 13:04, and then her header at 17:09 went over the bar.

UW-Whitewater played the final 52 minutes of the match a man down after a red card by Marie Lesperance.

Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield made one save and faced six shots in the shutout victory. WashU outshot UW-Whitewater 15-6, and each team had four corner kicks. The Bears also had an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal.

WashU hosts Fontbonne University (1-5) on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Wydown Showdown. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Francis Field.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with UW-Whitewater 3-1 … All four games between the two teams have been decided by one goal.