St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 24, 2019 – The No. 3-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team had its season come to an end with a 5-4 loss in penalty kicks to No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the Sectional Final of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship Sunday at Francis Olympic Field in St. Louis.
The game ended in a 0-0 after 110 minutes of play.
Pomona Pitzer takes a 20-1-2 overall record to its first national semifinal, while WashU ended the season on an 18-match unbeaten streak and had an 18-1-3 overall mark. Pomona Pitzer takes on No. 2 William Smith in the national semifinal on Friday, Dec. 6, at 1:45 p.m. (ET) in Greensboro, N.C.
"Pomona-Pitzer played great today. It was one heck of a soccer match. Very entertaining back and forth. I am proud of our effort," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "I am proud of Taylor Cohen for the woman she is and what she has done for the program. You have Olivia and Jessie right along with her.
To have one senior on the field for the entire season and get where we did. It's a tough way to end, but I am very appreciated of the women we have in this program."
The Bears' three seniors – Taylor Cohen, Olivia Emanuel, Jesse Rubin– ended their career with a 75-6-7 (.892) record at WashU, winning four University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, making two Final Four appearances and won the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship. The Class of 2019 is the second-winningest class in school history.
Goalkeeping was the story in the first half for both teams as WashU junior Emma Greenfield had three saves and Pomona-Pitzer's Isa Berardo made two.
Greenfield had back-to-back saves in a span of 39 seconds, and Berardo came up with a point blank save off a shot from sophomore Ariana Miles at 30:38.
Junior Ellie DeConinck nearly ended the match on a shot with two seconds left after a long free kick by Greenfield but Berardo came up with the save.
Junior Ellie Moreland, sophomore Ariana Miles, Cohen and sophomore Erin Flynn all converted penalty kicks for WashU. Pomona-Pitzer successfully converted on all five of their PKs, and then Berardo stopped the final kick to secure the victory.
WashU outshot Pomona-Pitzer 19-13 for the contest and had the 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Greenfield made five saves en route to her 31st career shutout, which ties Lizzy Crist (2013-16) for the WashU all-time mark.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU is 1-0-1 all-time against Pomona-Pitzer … The Bears fell in penalty kicks for the first time since 2013 … WashU is 42-15-9 all-time in 19 NCAA appearances … The Bears are 30-2-3 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament … WashU was 12-1-1 this season at home and 53-2-3 in the last five seasons … Conlon is 5-0-7 in overtime in his career in the NCAA Tournament.