Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy Washington (St. Louis) Athletics

St. Louis, Mo., November 15, 2009 – Senior Elyse Hanly scored two minutes into the first overtime to lead the No. 17 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan University in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo.

Washington University, which improved to 16-3-1, advances to take on No. 24 ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) in the Sectional Semifinal on Friday at a site to be determined. The Thunder defeated No. 11 ranked and University Athletic Association (UAA) member University of Chicago, 1-0, on Saturday in the Windy City.

Senior Caryn Rosoff flicked the ball with her heal to senior Becca Heymann, who took the ball down the sideline. Heymann made a move on an IWU defender before going up the end line, before sending a cross to Hanly, who one-timed it past IWU goalkeeper Alli Novak for her third goal of the season.

WU freshman goalkeeper Clara Jaques made four saves in the victory, including a game-saving save off a shot by Elizabeth Sinclair at the 52:35 mark. Jaques has compiled a 15-3-1 overall record this season with a 0.64 goals against average in 1,5421 minutes played. The Bears outshot Illinois Wesleyan, 18-13, for the game, and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Washington U. had the first opportunity to score in the 15th minute as a shot by sophomore Lee Ann Felder was saved by Novak, but the rebound by sophomore Emma Brown was blocked. Just two minutes later, Felder had a golden chance, but her free kick from 20 yards out went off the crossbar.

The Bears outshot Illinois Wesleyan, 9-3, and had a 2-0 advantage in corner kicks in the first 45 minutes of play. Novak made four saves for IWU in the first half, while Jaques made one save.

Hanly nearly won the game for Washington U. at the 68:32 mark, but her shot deflected off the cross bar. Neither team had any prime scoring opportunities the final 20 minutes of regulation play.

This was a rematch of the 2008 NCAA Second Round contest, where Washington U.  advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 3-1 victory in a shootout. The Bears went on to lose at Wheaton College, 3-0 in the Sectional Semifinal in Wheaton, Ill.

Bear Notebook: All 12 meetings between Washington University and Illinois Wesleyan series have been a one goal or fewer differential … The series is now tied 4-4-4 … Hanly now has eight career goals, including three game-winners.