Bears topple Red Hawks and Panthers

Senior Caryn Rosoff leads Bears with two hat tricks in two games

| Sports Reporter
Washington University sophomore Alyssa Marulli takes a shot in Friday’s 4-1 victory over Southeast Missouri State University. (Matt Lee | Student Life)

Washington University sophomore Alyssa Marulli takes a shot in Friday’s 4-1 victory over Southeast Missouri State University. (Matt Lee | Student Life)

Senior Caryn Rosoff led the Washington University women’s soccer team to victory over Principia College and Southeast Missouri State with hat tricks this past week. The Bears extended their win streak to seven with a strong offense.

Wash. U. 7, Principia 2

After only seven minutes of gameplay, Rosoff found the corner of the net off a cross from sophomore Lee Ann Felder, which Rosoff one-touched off her left foot. Five minutes later, sophomore Emma Brown pushed the score to 2-0 in favor of the Red and Green when she received a pass behind the defense and shot far post.

The Bears pounded two more goals in, one by Felder from a give-and-go with Rosoff, and the other Rosoff’s second goal off a cross from junior Julie Tembunkiart.

“They were all good buildups, with everyone making good movement and making penetrating passes,” Rosoff said.

Principia then suffered an own goal, which raised the score to 5-0. However, the Panthers took it back by scoring from about 20 yards away and finding the far corner of the goal. The Bears responded quickly, as Rosoff scored 30 seconds later off an assist from Felder, her second, for her third goal of the game and fifth of the season.

The Bears went into halftime with a commanding 6-0 lead. The Bears didn’t see another goal until 20 minutes into the second half when senior Emily Bylsma scored her first career goal.

“One of the outside midfielders played it in to Lauren [Clatch],” Bylsma said, “and Lauren dropped it back to the top of the box, and I was lucky enough to get a good shot off.”

A minute after Bylsma’s goal, Principia found the net off a free kick from 25 yards out, the final goal of the game.

“The team came together, and it’s good to see seniors leading the way,” Rosoff said.

Wash. U. 4, SMSU 1

Even with a strong showing of Southern Missouri State’s fan base, the Bears dominated most of the game against the Division I team. Rosoff, coming off her hat trick against Principia College, scored 20 minutes into the first half off an assist from Brown, who passed the ball into the box. Rosoff took a left-foot shot under pressure from a defender to slide the ball far post past the Raven’s keeper. Nine minutes later, Brown scored her ninth goal of the season.

“Caryn and I had a buildup of a couple headers, and Lee Ann got to it and threaded in a great cross, and I just headed it in,” Brown said. The Red and Green led at the half, 2-0.

Following Brown’s method in the second half, Rosoff received a cross from graduate student Sam Murphy and headed the ball just inside the near post.

Just four minutes later, Rosoff finished her second hat trick in two games off a pass from Brown. Rosoff was able to break away from the defenders and go one on one with the goalie for her goal.

Missouri scored later from a pass that snuck behind the defense, which the Bears had no answer for. The game ended 4-1 as Wash. U.’s record improved to 7-2.

The Bears are averaging 3.22 goals scored per game, yet they are allowing opponents only 0.78 goals per game. Rosoff and Brown are tied for the lead in the University Athletic Association for most points per game.

“Caryn, Lee Ann and Emma are special, special talents, and the reason they are so special as a unit is because of their unselfishness to each other,” head coach Jim Conlon said. “The team is reaping the benefits, and everyone behind them in midfield and defense are setting them up really well.”

The Lady Bears take their seven-win streak on a road trip to Atlanta for a match against UAA conference rival Emory University on Oct. 4.

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