This was not the first time the Washington University women’s soccer team exited Francis Field with tears running down their face—but on Sunday afternoon, the players were crying tears of joy.
Washington University’s women’s soccer team is in the midst of a run of sustained success almost unparalleled in the current Division III climate. Since 2011, the Bears have won three titles in one of the country’s most competitive conferences, they’ve placed four players on the national All-American squads and they’ve combined for a robust 88-14-4 record in that span.
The weather is colder and the days are shorter, but the Washington University women’s soccer team does not seem to be slowing down. In the opening rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament in Granville, Ohio, the Bears took down York College 4-0 on Saturday afternoon, and then followed up with a 1-0 victory against Denison University on Sunday.
Katie Chandler has had quite a hectic weekend out on Francis Field. On Friday evening, the junior knocked in a game-winning goal late in the second overtime period to propel the Washington University women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the previously undefeated No. 3 Carnegie Mellon University.
Points may have been scarce, but to paraphrase John Madden, all you need to win is score more than the other team. The No. 6 ranked Washington University women’s soccer squad did just that, upending local rival Fontbonne University 1-0 on Thursday evening at Francis Field.
Senior forward Olivia Lillegraven notched two goals late in the second half to propel the No. 7 Washington University women’s soccer team over University Athletic Association (UAA) rival Emory University 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.
In what has become a common theme this year, the Washington University women’s soccer team called upon the foot of senior Olivia Lillegraven to inject much-needed offense—and for the fourth and fifth time this season she provided, netting two goals in six minutes and leading the Bears to a 3-1 victory over No. 23 Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon.
In a tight defensive struggle where offense was hard to find, junior Katie Chandler scored in the 84th minute to lift the No. 12 Washington University women’s soccer team over No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan University 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Francis Field.
Blink and you miss it. With the No. 22 Washington University women’s soccer team trailing Wartburg College 0-1 in the second half, senior Olivia Lillegraven scored two goals within 48 seconds. That would be all of the offense for the Red and Green as Wash. U. would go on to win 2-1 in the Saturday afternoon home game.
In their first game of the season on Tuesday night, the No. 22 Washington University women’s soccer team bombarded Greenville College with 33 shots on their way to trouncing the Panthers in a 5-0 victory.