Women’s soccer drops match

| Associate Editor

In the 80th minute, a back pass meant for senior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist was intercepted by a University of Rochester player and buried in the back of an open net. It was that kind of night.

The goal gave the winless YellowJackets a 3-1 lead and iced a forgettable game for the Washington University women’s soccer team, which dropped to 7-2-1 on the season.

The game began with the Bears on their heels, letting in a quick 12th minute goal to sophomore Rochester forward Jean Chakmakas. The shot came off a corner kick, which Chakmakas headed past Crist.

But the Bears rallied quickly, equalizing with a 20th minute penalty kick goal from sophomore Darcy Cunningham after a Rochester handball in the box. The lead wouldn’t hold, as Chakmakas netted her second goal of the game a minute later off of another corner kick.

The YellowJackets would hold that lead for the rest of the game, with an insurance goal late in the game making the final 3-1. The match is only the third time Wash. U. has given up three goals or more since 2012.

Wash. U. actually outshot the YellowJackets 20-6, 9-4 in shots on goal, but freshman Rochester goalkeeper Gwen Haffenden made eight saves on the night. Where Rochester beat the Wash. U. side was in effectiveness of play, recording only five fouls to Wash. U.’s 14.

The Bears were not without their chances—a header from sophomore Caroline Dempsey and long strike from junior Mia Mastroianni both challenged Haffenden—but ultimately weren’t able to muster a crooked number.

The loss was Crist’s first of the season, her record now sitting at 7-1.

The Bears take the pitch again this Tuesday, Oct. 4 against Fontbonne University, their first match outside of conference play. The game will start at 6 p.m. at Clayton High School.

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