No. 6 Women’s Soccer Claims Challenge Tournament Title

No. 6 Women’s Soccer Claims Challenge Tournament Title

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 16, 2018 – The No. 6-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team claimed the 2018 Challenge Tournament championship with a 2-0 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Sunday at Francis Field in St. Louis.

WashU, who defeated Rhodes College 4-1 on Saturday, outshot Whitewater 39-1 and had a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Bears recorded their sixth-shutout of the season, and the back line of freshman Gabbie Cesarone, senior Maggie Crist, senior Hannah Menard and sophomore Katy Mockett did now allow a shot on goal for the fifth time this season.

WashU improved to 7-0 with the win, while Whitewater dropped to 5-3. The Bears are off to a 7-0 start for the second-straight season and fourth time in school history.

WashU dominated the first half of play outshooting UW-Whitewater 18-0. The Bears got on the scoreboard in the 22ndminute after senior Darcy Cunningham scored inside the 18 off a header from freshman Jess Shapiro.

In 27thminute, junior Taylor Cohen had a chance inside the six that UW-Whitewater goalkeeper Nina Yonan made a tremendous save. Just 11 seconds later, freshman Erin Flynn drilled a shot off the crossbar.

The Bears added the insurance goal in the 48thminute after Crist scored off a rebound from Cohen.

Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Greenfield improved to 7-0 and recorded the sixth shutout of the season.

WashU has three days off before turning to action at Fontbonne University (2-4-1) on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. The game will be played at Gay Field in Clayton, Mo. 

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with UW-Whitewater 4-1 … The Bears are one of 35 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division III … WashU improved to 4-0 at home this season, and is 35-1-1 at Francis Field the past four seasons … The game-winning goal for Cunningham was her second of the season.