New York, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2017 – Freshman Ellie DeConinck scored her second game-winning goal in conference play to help lead the No. 6-ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 1-0 win at No. 25 New York University Sunday at Gaelic Park in New York.
WashU improved to 14-1-1 and 5-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) play, while New York fell to 10-5-2, 2-3-1 in conference play.
WashU takes on No. 1 University of Chicago (17-0, 6-0 UAA) for the UAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Windy City. The winner also gains the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
New York almost scored in the 20th minute after a shot from Nalani Ogawa from outside the 18 was cleared off the line by junior Caroline Dempsey. The Bears put together a good string of plays midway through the first half, and junior Jessica Ridderhoff nearly broke the tie but her shot went off the post.
DeConinck's first shot of the second half was saved by NYU goalkeeper Sophia Danielsen at the 49:11 mark. Just 25 seconds later, she headed home a corner kick from junior Darcy Cunningham for the eventual game-winning goal.
WashU dominated play outshooting New York 10-4, and the Bears had a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. The entire game was played in a downpour.
Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield (10-1) made one save and preserved the Bears' 12th shutout of the season. WashU has outscored their opponents 44-5 this season, including 12-1 in conference play.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with New York, 16-4-2 … The Bears extended their road unbeaten streak to 13 games … DeConinck is tied for fourth in the UAA in goals (8) … WashU is 11-1-1 against ranked teams the last two years … Cunningham ranks fourth in the UAA in assists (7).