St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 10, 2017 – The defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team had six student-athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) all-association honors, as announced Friday by the conference office.
Sophomore forward Taylor Cohen and junior midfielder Darcy Cunningham earned first-team honors to highlight the honorees. Junior midfielder Maggie Crist, freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield and senior back Kelly Von Zup picked up second-team accolades, while freshman forward Ellie DeConinck was an honorable-mention selection.
Cohen started 14 of 16 games up front for the Bears, and is tops on the team in scoring with 13 goals and five assists for 31 points. She ranks in the top-five in the UAA in five offensive categories: goals (first), points (first), game-winning goals (4, second), assists (5, fifth) and shots (54, fifth). A three-time UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week selection, Cohen netted a pair of goals in wins over DePauw (9/1), No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer (9/9), Millikin (9/10) and Rochester (10/8).
Cunningham has started 15 of 16 games played in the midfield, and is third on the team in scoring with four goals and eight assists for 16 points. She ranks fourth in the league in assists. Cunningham netted game-winning goals vs. Fontbonne (9/20) and Brandeis (10/27). She was named the United Soccer Coaches Association National Player of the Week and UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week on Nov. 7.
Crist, a two-time all-UAA selection, has started 14 of 15 games played in the midfield. She is fifth on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points. Crist scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over No. 10-ranked Pomona-Pitzer Sept. 9. She is also a main part of the WashU defense, which has 12 shutouts.
Greenfield has started 11 of 14 games played and has an 11-1 mark with a 0.26 goals against average. She ranks second in the UAA in GAA, goals allowed (3) and save percentage (.893). Greenfield also ranks seventh in Division III in goals against average. She made a career-high five saves in a 2-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan Sept. 16, and earned UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week honors twice this season.
KELLY VON ZUP
Von Zup has started 16 games at center back for the Bears, and has recorded one assist. Von Zup and the WashU defense have recorded 12 shutouts and allowed just six goals this season. WashU's goals against average (0.33) ranks second in the UAA and 10th in Division III. Von Zup earned UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 11.
DeConinck has started nine of 16 games played in her rookie campaign, and is second on the team in scoring with nine goals and three assists for 21 points. She is also second on the squad in game-winning goal (3), scoring all three in conference play: Rochester (10/8), No. 25 New York (10/29) and No. 1 Chicago (11/4). DeConinck ranks fourth in the conference in goals and fifth in game-winning goals.
WashU has a 15-1-1 record, and was the UAA Co-Champion with a 6-1 conference mark. The UAA championship for the Bears is their fifth in the last sixth years, and 12th overall. The Bears also earned league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
No. 5-ranked WashU hosts 2017 NCAA Division III First and Second round play on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 11-12, at Francis Field. WashU takes on Dominican University (Ill.) in the first round Saturday at 5:30 p.m.