No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 4, Rochester (N.Y.) 2
ST. LOUIS -- Second-ranked Washington (Mo.) celebrated senior day with a 4-2 victory against Rochester (N.Y.) on Sunday afternoon at Francis Field.
Washington improves to 13-1 and 4-0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, while Rochester falls to 5-5-3, 0-2-2 in conference action. The Bears remain in first place in the conference standings and hold a three-point lead over second-place Emory with three games remaining.
Prior to the contest, Washington honored its eight seniors -- Darcy Banco, Becky Berels, Kate Doyle, Rachel Ing, Jessica Johnson, Jen Reed, Lauren Steimle and Anna Zambricki. This group has compiled an overall record of 61-16-3 (.781) overall record, including an 18-4-3 mark in UAA play.
Johnson gave the Bears a 1-0 lead in the second minute after junior Lillie Toaspern sent a pass that snuck through the Rochester defense and on the foot to an open Johnson who one-timed it into the open goal. She scored again in the ninth minute, heading home a corner kick from Berels to make it 2-0. The goal for Johnson was the seventh of the season and 21st of her career.
Washington continued to apply the pressure on Rochester, but it was the Yellowjackets who answered back in the 31st minute after Jessica Smith knocked in a corner kick from Emily Downie to make it 2-1. The goal for Smith was her conference-best 10th of the season.
It took Washington 54 seconds into the second to get the two-goal lead back after Berels sent a pass through the defense to sophomore Olivia Lillegraven, who sent a left-footed shot to the near corner to make it 3-1. The goal for Lillegraven was her team-leading 10th of the season, trying Smith for the conference lead, while Berels picked up her conference-best 11th assist.
Rochester did not go away, as it cut the lead in half after Kathryn Rowe converted a penalty kick at 51:44 after Washington was called for a hand ball in the box.
Freshman Katie Chandler added the much-needed insurance goal at the 74:27 mark on an assist from senior Lauren Steimle to extend the Washington advantage to 4-2. The goal for Chandler was her second of the weekend and fifth on the year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amy French picked up the win in goal despite giving up a season-high two goals. French still leads the UAA with a 0.33 goals-against average, allowing four goals in 1,102 minutes played. Washington outshot Rochester 27-6 and the Bears had the 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.
No. 3 Trinity (Texas) 7, Austin 0
SHERMAN, Texas -- Emily Jorgens got the scoring started early for Trinity (Texas), which went on to beat Austin for its 13th consecutive win. Seven different Tigers scored in the winning effort.
Jorgens scored at the 3:59 mark off an assist from Shelby Guenthardt. Kelsey Falcone, Tara Sparks and Jordan Leeper all added goals in the first half.
Guenthardt kept the scoring going less than four minutes into the second half, which was followed by two more, netted by Hannah Hommel and Kimberly Polasek.
Trinity, which improved to 15-0-1 overall and 9-0-0 in the conference, outshot Austin 40-2. Austin fell to 5-10-1 and 4-5-1.
No. 7 Emory 3, Brandeis 0
ATLANTA -- Emory senior Clare Mullins, freshman Cristina Ramirez and junior Karina Rodriguez each scored goals in the second half on Sunday afternoon to lift the seventh-ranked Eagles to a 3-0 win against University Athletic Association (UAA) opponent Brandeis University at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.
The win was the third consecutive UAA win for the Eagles, who improved to 3-1-0 in conference action this season. Emory has now won eight of its past nine games, improving to 10-3-1 overall for the year. Brandeis dropped to 9-4-1 overall with the loss, and to 1-2-1 in UAA matches.
The Eagles held a big advantage in shots during the first half, outshooting the Judges 12-3 during the frame, including a 7-2 edge in shots on goal. However, neither team was able to get on the board in the first 45 minutes, keeping the contest in a scoreless tie heading into the second half.
Emory dodged a bullet early in the second half, when Brandeis' Sapir Edalati was awarded a free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box, but the resulting shot hit the crossbar, keeping the game scoreless.
The Eagles would break the defensive draw in the 63rd minute on a finish for Mullins. A corner kick from junior Charlotte Butker went through the six-yard box, and found the feet of Mullins, who launched a perfect shot into the upper far corner of the goal. It was her second score of the campaign, and the third assist of the year by Butker.
The score remained 1-0 until the Eagles added on a pair of late goals. In the 82nd minute, Ramirez was able to score, taking possession of a high-bouncing ball sent in by senior defender Lauren Gorodetsky, and sending a shot past the Brandeis keeper. It was the team-leading fourth goal of the year for Ramirez, and the first assist of the season for Gorodetsky.
In the 89th minute, a persistent Rodriguez took three shots on goal in a four-second span. The first two were saved by Brandeis goalkeeper Michelle Savuto, but Rodriguez was able to score on the third for her third goal of the season, and extending the Eagles' lead to 3-0.
Emory outshot Brandeis 21-5 in the second half, to finish with a final shot advantage of 33-8 for the game. Emory added 17 shots on goal, the team's second-highest mark of the year, and a season-best 11 corner kicks. The Eagles' defense recorded its sixth shutout of the season, with sophomore goalkeeper Liz Arnold turning away each of the three Brandeis shots on goal.