Decatur, Ill, October 29, 2013 – The No. 1-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team recorded its 12th shutout of the season with a 4-0 win at Millikin University Tuesday afternoon in Decatur, Ill.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French (68 minutes, three saves) and freshman goalkeeper Nina Gerson (22 minutes) combined for the shutout in goal. Washington U. outshot Millikin, 35-8, and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington U. pressured Millikin from the start, but did not find the back of the net until the 26th minute when freshman Katie Chandler fired a left-footed shot that deflected off a Millikin defender into the back of the net. Chandler checked in at the 25:28 mark, and scored the game-winner just 29 seconds later. The goal for Chandler was her sixth of the season, while the game-winning goal was her third of the season.
Junior Lillie Toaspern, who assisted on Chandler's goal, made a great run through the midfield and beat three Millikin defenders to set up the second goal of the game by sophomore Liz Collins at the 38:18 mark. The goal for Collins was her third of the year. Washington U. outshot Millikin 19-3 in the opening half.
Washington U. pushed the advantage to 3-0 in the 52nd minute after the Bears took advantage of a Millikin foul just outside the 18. Senior Darcy Banco sent a free kick into the box that senior Kate Doyle headed home for her fifth goal of the season. The assist for Banco was the second of her career from her defender position.
Senior Lauren Steimle rounded out the scoring in the 86th minute when she took a pass from freshman Lexie Sprague and fired a shot that snuck into the back of the net. The goal for Steimle was the 20th of her career, 13th most in school history.
Washington University (14-1, 4-0 UAA) heads to the East Coast for a pair of conference games at Brandeis University on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and at New York University Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 p.m. (ET).
Bear Notebook: Washington U. has won all five meetings between the two teams … Sprague's assist in the second half was the first point of her career … Toaspern moved past Doyle into 10th in school history with 19 assists … Toaspern also moved into sole possession of eighth place with 71 career points … The victory for head coach Jim Conlon was the 190th of his women's coaching career and 298th overall.