Waltham, Mass., November 1, 2013 – The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team ran its winning streak to nine games and inched closer to its second-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship with a 3-0 win at Brandeis University Friday night in Waltham, Mass.
Washington University (15-1, 5-0 UAA) continues conference play at New York University Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. (ET). With a win at NYU, the Bears clinch at least at tie for the UAA Championship and earn the automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
"The ladies played well tonight, said sixth-year head coach Jim Conlon. "Brandeis was an organized and quality team that made us play to our potential."
Washington U. owned an 8-6 advantage in shots in the first half, and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks. The Bears finally broke through in the 42nd minute when junior Lillie Toaspern was on the receiving end of a throw-in by junior Tessa Klumpp. Toaspern dribbled into the box and sent a ball into the far corner for her eighth goal of the season.
The Bears controlled play for much of the second half, but the Judges had a shot to equalize in the 73rd minute. Brandeis sophomore Holly Szafran intercepted a clearance attempt and drove towards the net, but her shot sailed just over the crossbar.
Washington U. put the game away with a pair of goals 78 seconds apart with less than 15 minutes to play. Senior Becky Berels took a defensive turnover and blasted a shot just outside the 18 into the left corner at 78:08 to make it 2-0. The goal for Berels was her fifth of the season.
At 79:16, a free kick from 30 yards out by senior Kate Doyle floated over the head of Brandeis goalkeeper Michelle Savuto to push the advantage to 3-0. The goal for Doyle was her sixth of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French made four saves as she preserved the shutout for Washington University, the Bears' 12th of the season. The Bears outshot Brandeis, 18-10, and had a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with Brandeis, 18-5-3, and has won the last two meetings … The victory Conlon was the 191st of his women's coaching career and 299th overall … Toaspern's goal upped her career points total to 73, tied for seventh in school history … The Bears have outscored their opponents, 60-4, this season and has allowed just three goals during the season-long nine-game win streak.