Nov. 21, 2009

Courtesy of Washington-St. Louis Athletics

Rock Island, Ill. - Freshman goalkeeper Clara Jaques (right) saved four of five penalty kicks as the No. 17 Washington University women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Championship game with a 2-1 shootout victory over No. 24 Wheaton College on Saturday night at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

"Clara is a very good goalkeeper, and made some great saves tonight. She has been fantastic for us all year long," said Washington University head coach Jim Conlon. "We told Clara to go out and do what her instincts tell her. We have confidence in her and told her to go out and do her best.

Washington University (16-3-2), which will make its fourth quarterfinal appearance in school history, advances to take on Calvin College in the Sectional Championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. Calvin upset No. 5 ranked and host Augustana College, 2-1, in the first Sectional Semifinal on Friday. Calvin and Washington University met this year on Sept. 19 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with Washington U. coming away with a 1-0 victory.

"We practiced penalty kicks the last two weeks, so I was very confident tonight," said Jaques. "I was taking one at a time, and just trying to get the next one. After the last shot went over the crossbar, I was on my way to celebrate. This says a lot about our team in overtime. We gave all we can for 110 minutes, but still found a way to advance."

Jaques made a career-high nine saves in the tie against Wheaton, and dropped her season goals against average to 0.60. She has allowed just one goal in 297 minutes played in the NCAA Tournament.

Jaques stopped Lauren Anderson's first penalty kick, and then senior Carter Schwarberg made it 1-0 with a shot to the right corner. She denied Maria Della Torre on Wheaton's second kick, and then after a save by Wheaton goalkeeper Hillary Barreto, 2007 Division III Player of the Year Taryne Lee knotted the score at 1-1 with a successful penalty kick.

Freshman Emily Gosché made it 2-1 with a shot to the right corner, and then Jaques stopped Ali Kopelan. Barreto denied sophomore Alyssa Marulli's penalty kick, and then Megan Simons kick sailed over the crossbar sealing the victory for the Bears.

Wheaton (17-4-2) outshot Washington U., 21-11, while the Bears had a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore Emma Brown had four shots to lead the Bears, while senior Becca Heymann recorded three.

"Our team defense did a very good job and worked hard the entire 110 minutes," said Conlon. "We are excited to be in the Final Eight, and will prepare for Calvin to see what we can do tomorrow."