St. Louis, Mo., August 7, 2018– The Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team opens the 2018 season ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top-25 Poll, as announced by the organization.
Head coach Jim Conlon, who is in his 11thyear at WashU, returns 16 letterwinners from a year ago, including eight that made at least 10 starts. The Bears finished the 2017 season with a 17-2-1 record, and advanced to the NCAA Regional for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Bears were also the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) co-champion.
"It is an honor to be ranked by the USC. There are many talented teams in Division III soccer," said Conlon, who has guided WashU to a 169-35-16 (.805) record in 10 seasons on the Danforth Campus. "We are excited to have our women return to campus and get working soon."
Among those returning is a pair of All-Americans in senior midfielders Darcy Cunningham and Maggie Crist. Cunningham was a first-team selection, while Crist picked up second-team accolades. Crist is just sixth player in school history to earn a pair of All-America honors after earning first-team honors as a sophomore.
Cunningham, a first-team all-UAA and all-Central Central Region selection, started 18 of 19 games played and was third on the team with four goals and 11 assists for 19 points. She ranked second in the UAA and seventh on the WashU single-season list in assists.
Crist, a first-team all-Central Region and second-team all-UAA selection, started 16 of 18 games played. She was fifth on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points. Crist was also a main part of the WashU defense that posted 14 shutouts and allowed just eight goals.
Cohen, a first-team all-region and all-UAA selection, started 17 of 19 games for the Bears and led the squad with 16 goals and five assists for 37 points. She was tops in the UAA in goals and points, and was second in game-winning goals.
Greenfield, a second-team all-region and all-UAA honoree, started 14 of 17 games played and owned a 13-2 mark in goal with a 0.35 goals against average. She ranked sixth in Division III in goals against average.
Sophomore forward Ellie DeConinck also returns after earning honorable-mention all-UAA honors in her rookie campaign. DeConinck started 12 of 19 games played and was second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and three assists for 23 points.
Other returning starters include senior back Hannah Menard (two goals, two assists), senior midfielder Caroline Dempsey (one goal, three assists) and senior midfielder Jessica Kovach (two assists). Junior midfielder Jesse Rubin also is back following a season with three goals and five assists for 11 points.
The Bears will face five teams ranked in the preseason top-25 poll: No. 2 University of Chicago, No. 11 Carnegie Mellon University, No. 15 Wheaton College (Ill.), No. 22 Loras College and No. 25 Brandeis University.
WashU opens the 2018 season at No. 22 Loras on Friday, August, 31, at 1 p.m. The Bears take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the home opener on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.