St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 28, 2018 – The No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team celebrated Senior Day Sunday with a 2-0 win over New York University to claim its fourth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
WashU improved to 16-0 and 6-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with the win, while New York dropped to 9-5-3 and 4-1-1 in the conference. The 16-game winning streak is the longest in school history.
Prior to the contest, WashU honored its eight seniors: Maggie Crist, Darcy Cunningham, Caroline Dempsey, Audrey Freeman, Jessica Kovach, Hannah Menard, Jessica Ridderhoff and Isabelle Tamburro. The Class of 2018 helped lead the Bears to a 72-7-5 (.887) overall record with four UAA titles, two Final Fours and the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship.
Tied for the winningest class in school history, the Class of 2018 has helped lead the Bears to a 72-7-5 (.887) overall record with four UAA titles, two Final Fours and the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship.
New York took the 30-mile per hour wind in the opening half, but managed only one shot on goal. The Bears outshot the Violets 5-1, putting two shots on goal.
It was all WashU in the second half as WashU took advantage with the wind and outshot New York 14-0.
A give and go from freshman Erin Flynn to classmate Ariana Miles in the 58th minute gave WashU the 1-0 advantage. Flynn drove down the left side of the field and sent a pass to Miles who split two defenders and fired a shot into the back of the net. The goal for Miles was her fourth of the season.
The Bears had two golden chances for an insurance goal after freshman Jess Shapiro drilled a shot off the cross bar in the 83rd minute and then 30 seconds later Crist sent a header just wide of the goal.
Dempsey, who was celebrating her 22nd birthday, got the insurance goal in the 85thminute after her shot from the left wing deflected off the far post and into the net. The goal for Dempsey was her second of the season.
WashU outshot NYU 19-1 and the Bears had a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Greenfield (16-0) and the WashU defense did not allow a shot on goal for the eighth time this season.
WashU hosts No. 10-ranked University of Chicago (13-3-1, 4-2 UAA) in the final regular-season game on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK:WashU leads the all-time series with New York, 17-4-2 … The Bears are one of three remaining undefeated teams in Division III – Centre and Greensboro … WashU has allowed four goals in 16 games… The 16-0 start is the best in school history … The Bears are 37-1-2 at home the past four seasons … The game-winning goal for Miles was the second of her career … The shutout for WashU was its 12th this season and 60th for the senior class.