No. 10 Women's Soccer Hosts CMS and Franklin

Photo by Brian Lovellette/SLIAC
Photo by Brian Lovellette/SLIAC

THE SERIES WITH CLAREMONT – WashU leads the all-time series with CMS, 2-1, and the teams are meeting for the first time since Sept. 5, 2015 – a 2-1 victory by CMS in California.

A LOOK AT THE ATHENAS – CMS is off to a 2-0 start with victories over Soka (6-0) and La Verne (2-1). Junior Rhiann Holman leads the team in scoring with four goals, an assist and nine points. Sophomore goalkeeper Claire Hamson has a 2-0 record with a 0.45 goals against average.

CRIST EARNS UAA HONOR – Senior midfielder Maggie Crist was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Defensive Athlete of the Week. Crist anchored the WashU defense that posted a pair of shutouts to begin the 2018 season. The Bears allowed five shots total in two games, with only one on frame. WashU did not allow a shot on goal in a 3-0 win at No. 22 Loras College Friday, and then blanked Augsburg University Sunday 2-0 allowing just one shot on goal.

HEAD COACH JIM CONLON – The winningest coach in school history, Jim Conlon has guided WashU to a 171-35-16 (.806) overall record in 11 seasons. Conlon led the Bears to the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship after a pair of NCAA Runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2015. He has also guided WashU to seven UAA championships and 10-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Conlon has a 267-92-21 (.730) overall record in 18 seasons as a collegiate women's coach.

NOTABLES – The Bears are ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top-25 Poll. WashU returns 16 letterwinners from a year ago, including eight that made at least 10 starts.

– The Bears were 10-1-1 a year ago at home, and are 31-1-1 at home the past three seasons.

– Senior Darcy Cunningham (67) is active games played leader on the squad, while seniors Jessica Kovach (66), Crist (64) and Caroline Dempsey (61) have made at least 60 appearances.

– WashU is 13-2-1 against ranked teams the last three years.

– The Bears have an all-time record of 398-133-40 (.732) in 30 seasons as a varsity program. WashU is two wins shy of their 400th all-time victory.

MEDIA COVERAGE – Tonight's game will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU website.

UP NEXT – WashU hosts Franklin College (1-0) on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m.