Washington (Mo.) 5, Principia 0



ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The 11th-ranked Washington University women's soccer team tied a school-record with its 17th win of the season as the Bears upended Principia College 5-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at Francis Field. Washington University (17-2) advances to the Sectional Semifinals against Macalaster College, who posted a 1-0 win over Loras College. The site will be announced on Sunday evening.

"We played with a lot of heart tonight and capitalized on our opportunities," said Washington University head coach Wendy Dillinger. "Winning tonight gives us a confidence booster heading into next weekend."

Principia (16-4-1) had the momentum early in the game as the Panthers took the first four shots of the game. The Panthers had their best opportunity of the first half at the seven-minute mark when Christina Day stole the ball from a WU defender and fired a shot wide from 10-yards out.

Junior Sara Schroeder, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park River Forest) got the Bears on the board in the 26th minute as she took a cross from sophomore MeghanMarie Fowler-Finn, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Snider) and drilled home her seventh goal of the year. Fowler-Finn made it 2-0 just two minutes later a she scored off of a rebound shot from Schroeder. The goal for Fowler-Finn was her 11th of the season.

Washington U. busted the game open three minutes before halftime as sophomore Talia Bucci, Palos Park, Ill. (Amos Alonzo Stagg) scored from 25-yard out to give WU the 3-0 lead. Fowler-Finn assisted on the goal as she moved into eighth place on the all-time scoring list with 48 career points in 33 career games.

Senior Kara Karnes, Omaha, Neb. (Westside) and freshman Abbey Hartman, Naperville, Ill. (Benet Academy) added goals in the second half as WU moved ahead 5-0.

Senior Charlotte Felber, Orland Park, Ill. (Amos Alonzo Stagg) made one save in goal as she improved to 17-2 on the season. Stacey Wallace made six saves for Principia College in the loss. Washington U. outshot the Panthers 18-5 in the game, including 11-1 in the second half.

-- Courtesy Washington (Mo.)