Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 30, 2017 – The No. 2 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team opened University Athletic Association (UAA) play with a 1-0 win at No. 21 Emory University Saturday in Atlanta.
WashU improved to 9-0-1, 1-0 in the UAA, and ran its unbeaten streak to 24 games dating back to last season, while Emory fell to 6-3, 0-1 in the UAA. The Bears are 10-0-1 against ranked teams the last two years.
"We played a good, smart game. Emory is a very good team, and our defense did a great job of squeezing spaces and making it difficult on the them," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "We finished the game today and did what we needed to do to win."
Junior Jessica Ridderhoff nearly made it 2-0 in the 34th minute after her shot hit the crossbar and the ball bounced back into play.
Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield recorded four saves, all in the first half, as she improved to 6-0. Greenfield has allowed just one goal in 579:30.
Emory outshot WashU 9-8 for the game, but the Bears limited the Eagles to two shots in the final 45 minutes of play. WashU also had the 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU begins a four-match homestand on Monday, Oct. 2, against Principia College (1-7). Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Francis Field.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Emory leads the all-time series 16-9-5, but the Bears have won the last three meetings … The Bears have outscored their opponents 29-4 this season … WashU is 19-6-4 all-time in UAA openers, including a 6-1-2 mark under Conlon.