St. Louis, Mo., September 21, 2013 – The No. 3-ranked Washington University in St. Louis had its unbeaten streak come to an end with a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 1 Wheaton College (Ill.) Saturday afternoon at Francis Field.
Washington U. controlled much of the first seven minutes of the overtime period, including a header in the box by junior Lillie Toaspern that was deflected by a Wheaton defender into the goalkeeper's arms for a save. In the 99th minute of the match, Leah DeMoss got a pass across the field from Sarah Guidera for Wheaton. DeMoss hit a shot from 24 yards out that appeared to be going wide right, but curled into the upper right corner of the net to give the Thunder the win.
In the fifth minute, junior Anna Zambricki flicked a ball ahead to Toaspern whose shot hit off the crossbar. Wheaton took control and outshot the Bears 6-1 in the opening 27 minutes of the match. The final 12 minutes of the first half were dominated by Washington U. as the Bears fired off five shots in less than eight minutes, including three on goal and two that were blocked. The match remained scoreless heading into halftime. Wheaton held a 10-7 edge in shots and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks in the opening period.
Early in the second half, Wheaton took its eighth corner kick of the match. The ball was loose in the box and the Thunder hit back-to-back shots that were blocked by the WUSTL back line. The Bears were the aggressors throughout the remainder of the half. With just less than 15 minutes remaining in regulation, Zambricki took a Wheaton defender one-on-one toward the left side of the box and sent a ball toward the far post that was just out of reach of Toaspern's foot as she streaked in for the shot attempt.
About two minutes later, freshman Katie Chandler sent a pass across the box, but Toaspern's left-footed shot sailed wide left. Washington U. took five more shots in the final eight minutes of the second half, but had two saved and two blocked, while senior Jessica Johnson just missed connecting on a header shot that went wide of the goal.
Wheaton (7-0) finished the match with a 19-17 shot advantage and an 8-4 edge in corner kicks. The Bears had seven shots on goal compared with four for the Thunder. Sophomore Amy French made three saves in goal for the Bears while playing the full 98:09.
Washington U. (6-1) returns to action with a 7:30 p.m. match against Webster University Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Francis Field.
Bear Notebook: Wheaton leads the all-time series between the two teams 13-4, and has won the last six meetings … The Thunder have handed Washington U. its last four losses, dating to the 2011 season … The Bears are 50-9-3 (.831) at Francis Field in head coach Jim Conlon's six seasons … The goal was the first allowed by Washington U. this season, ending a scoreless streak of 638:09.