Washington-St. Louis blanks TMC
Bears win fourth consecutive game, advance to second round
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Washington-St. Louis advanced to the second round of the NCAAtournament with a 2-0 win against Thomas More on Saturday night at Francis Field.
Washington-St. Louis (16-4), who is making its 11th NCAA appearance, takes on the winner of Ohio Wesleyan and Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Sunday.
“It is nice to have a multiple goal shutout win against a quality opponent in the NCAA tournament,” said fourth-year head coach Jim Conlon. “The girls played together and stuck to the game plan.”
Thomas More (12-5-1) controlled the first 10 minutes of play registering the first three shots of the game. Washington-St. Louis, though, got on the scoreboard first in the 14th minute. Senior Lee Ann Felder made a nice cross into the box that sophomore Lauren Steimle finished into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Thomas More outshot Washington-St. Louis 6-3 in the opening half.
The second half was all Washington-St. Louis, outshooting the visitors by a mark of 14-5. Following a foul near midfield,sophomore Kate Doyle sent a free kick into the box that Felder flicked with her head. The ball deflected off the crossbar and landed on the foot of freshman Lillie Toaspern, who volleyed the ball into the net to tie Steimle for her team-leading 10th goal of the year.
Washington-St. Louis outshot Thomas More 17-11 for the contest and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Clara Jaques made three saves en route to her 42nd career victory.