No. 5 Washington U. Keeps Pace in UAA With 2-1 Win Over New York
St. Louis, Mo., October 12, 2012 – A pair of early second-half goals broke a scoreless tie at halftime as the No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over New York University in conference play on Friday night at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo.
Washington U. improves its overall record to 10-1-1 and 2-0-1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, while New York falls to 9-4, 1-2 in the UAA. With the win, the Bears remain in a tie for first place in the UAA standings with Emory University. The top-ranked Eagles rolled past Case Western Reserve University, 5-0, at home on Friday.
Sophomore Lillie Toaspern broke the scoreless tie just 69 seconds into the second half of play, gathering a loose ball in the box on a pass from sophomore Anna Zambricki to make it 1-0. Just 10 minutes later, Toaspern set up Zambricki in the box to push the lead to 2-0. The goal for Zambricki was her team-leading eighth of the year.
New York, which came into play averaging a UAA-best four goals per game, trimmed the lead in half at 71:10 on a goal by Amelia Hammerl. Melissa Menta was credited with the assist to extend her school-record point total to 33.
Washington U. had the 16-9 shot advantage in the opening half, but neither team found the back of the next. The Bears put together a string of three shots in a span of 11 seconds in the 15th minute, with the final shot by sophomore Tessa Klumpp deflecting off the near post.
NYU's attack put three shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes, and nearly took the lead at 29:55 when Ashley-Simon McKenzie's header to the near post was saved by WUSTL senior goalkeeper Clara Jaques. Just three minutes later, Washington U. had a golden opportunity to break the tie. Zambricki played a ball on the foot of junior Becky Berelsinside the 18, but her left-footed shot went right into the hands of NYU goalkeeper Meg Patten.
Jaques made seven saves in goal for Washington U., improving to 10-1-1 in the nets this season. Patten also made seven saves in the loss for New York. Washington University outshot New York 29-20 for the game, and had a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Washington University continues conference play against No. 20 ranked Brandeis University on Sunday, Oct. 14. Game time is set for 11 a.m. at Francis Field. Brandeis dropped a 6-1 decision at the University of Chicago on Friday.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series with New York 13-3-1 … Zambricki has 18 goals in 27 career games, while Toaspern has scored 16 in 32 games … The win for Jaques was the 54th of her career, most in school history … The game-winning goal for Zambricki was the eighth of her career, tied for eighth most in school history.