Cohen Leads No. 1 WashU Past No. 21 Carnegie

Photo by Steven H. Cohen
Photo by Steven H. Cohen

Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 14, 2018 – The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team picked up its 13thwin to secure its best start in school history with a 4-1 victory at No. 21 Carnegie Mellon University Sunday in Pittsburgh. 

Junior Taylor Cohen, a Pittsburgh native, scored a pair of second half goals and added an assist to move into a tie for the conference lead with nine goals. She also moved into ninth place in school history with 31 career goals scored.

WashU improved to 13-0 and 4-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while Carnegie Mellon lost its third-straight contest and fell to 7-5-1 and 0-4 in the UAA. WashU and Chicago remain in a tie for first place in the UAA standings with three games remaining.

A give-and-go by Cohen and senior Darcy Cunningham in the box resulted in an own goal just 35 seconds in the contest to put WashU up 1-0. 

Each team recorded two shots in the first half. Carnegie Mellon did not have a shot on goal or a corner kick in the opening 45 minutes.

The Bears put together some nice sequences early in the second half, and finally capitalized after freshman Ariana Miles hit the post and then Cohen cleaned up the rebound to make it 2-0 in the 50thminute.

Senior Maggie Crist scored off a header after a scramble in the box in the 71stminute, and then Cohen netted her second goal of the contest in the 79thminute after receiving a service from Cunningham and beating the keeper with volley over her head.

WashU outshot Carnegie Mellon 10-9 and the Bears had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Sophomore Emma Greenfield (13-0) recorded two saves and picked up the win in goal.

WashU steps out of conference play to take on No. 10 Wheaton College (Ill.) Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. in Wheaton, Ill.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 21-4-2… The Bears are one of three remaining undefeated teams in Division III … The previous best start to a season was 12-0 in 2000 … The 10 shots were a season low for WashU … The Bears have allowed three goals in 13 games … Cohen (24) and Cunningham (21) are 1-2 in the UAA in points … Cunningham's assist was her seventh of the season and 24thof her career … The Bears are 14-2-1 against ranked teams the last three years.