Waltham, Mass., Oct. 27, 2017 – The No. 6 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 3-0 win at Brandeis University Friday in Waltham, Mass., in a rematch of the 2016 NCAA Semifinal matchup.
WashU improved to 13-1-1 and 4-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Brandeis fell to 11-3-3 and 2-2-1 in the conference.
Sophomore Taylor Cohen recorded the first two shots of the game, and then had a great opportunity in the 20th minute but her shot from inside the box went wide left.
Junior Darcy Cunningham nearly broke the 0-0 tie in the 24th minute but her shot from inside the 18 went just left of the net. Cunningham was successful on her second shot of the game when she scored from outside the 18 that went into the upper left corner.
WashU, who was limited to a season-low six shots in the loss to Carnegie Mellon, had a 14-5 shot advantage in the opening half. The Bears put five shots on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield came up big in the 55th minute when she tipped a shot by Julia Matson over the crossbar. After a pair of corner kicks by the Judges, Greenfield made another save in the 58th minute to keep it a one-goal game.
WashU added a pair of goals in a span of less than two minutes to put the game out of reach. Senior Gillian Myers sent a free kick into the box at 77:22 that deflected off a Brandeis player into the back of the net, and then freshman Ellie DeConinck scored off an assist from Cohen in the 80th minute to put the game out of reach.
WashU dominated play outshooting Brandeis 20-8, and put nine shots on goals.
Greenfield (9-1) made three saves and picked up WashU's 11th shutout of the season. The Bears have outscored their opponents 43-5 this season.
WashU returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 29, at No. 25 New York University (10-4-2, 2-2-1 UAA). Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. (ET) at Manhattan College's Gaelic Park.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU lead the all-time series with Brandeis 21-7-3, and the Bears have won the last three meetings … The game-winning goal for Cunningham was the third of her career … The Bears extended their road unbeaten streak to 12 games … DeConinck moved into a tie for seventh place in the UAA with seven goals.