Cohen's Hat Trick Leads No. 1 WashU Past Webster

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

Fenton, Mo., Sept. 26, 2018 – Junior Taylor Cohen recorded a hat trick in the first half to lead the No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 5-0 win at Webster University Wednesday at St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.

Cohen's three goals upped her season total to seven, tops in the University Athletic Association (UAA). She also leads the conference with 19 points.

WashU improved to 9-0, while Webster dropped to 7-2-1. The Bears are off to a 9-0 start for the first time since 2007, and for the third time in school history.

Cohen scored the first goal in the fourth minute after she received a pass from senior Jessica Kovach in the box and finished with a shot to the far corner. Just 60 seconds later, Cohen stole the ball from a Webster defender and scored an unassisted goal at 4:03. 

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was not done yet as she finished off a cross from senior Darcy Cunningham from 10 yards out with a volley to make it 3-0. Sophomore Ellie DeConinck added an unassisted goal in the 40thminute to round out the scoring in the first half.  WashU outshot Webster 21-1. 

WashU outshot Webster 16-2 with all 11 starters on the bench for the second half. Freshman Erin Flynn netted the lone goal of the half with a volley from seven yards out off a cross from freshman Marissa Kalkar

Sophomore Emma Greenfield (45:00, one save) and freshman Mary Frances West(45:00) preserved the eighth shutout of the season for WashU. 

The Bears outshot Webster 37-3 and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

WashU opens University Athletic Association (UAA) play against Emory University (6-2) Saturday, Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Webster, 18-0-1, and the Bears have won the last 17 meetings … WashU is one of seven remaining undefeated teams in Division III … WashU leads Division III in assists (34) and shutouts.