Saturday spotlight: No. 2 Wash U women host No. 3 Wheaton
Chris Mitchell, Washington University Sports Information
Lillie Toaspern leads
Washington U in scoring
Photo by James Byard/WUSTL Photos
The No. 2 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team hosts No. 3 Wheaton College Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. Both teams enter Saturday's contest with a 6-0 record.
The Series With
Wheaton College leads the all-time series with Washington University, 12-4, and the Thunder have won the last five meetings. Wheaton has issued Washington University its last three losses dating back to 2011.
A Look at the
Wheaton remained undefeated with a 4-2 victory at Alma College Tuesday in Alma, Mich. The Thunder have outscored their opponents 18-5, led by junior Bailey Wysocki (six goals, one assist) and sophomore Ally Witt (five goals, three assists). Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Graham has allowed five goals in 478 minutes played.
Battle of the
Washington U. and Wheaton are two of the 21 undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division III. Of the 21 teams that remain perfect, only 10 are ranked in this week's D3soccer Top 25 poll.
|Sophomore Ally Witt has five
goals for Wheaton
Comforts of Home
Washington University has established Francis Field as one of the tougher home fields in NCAA Division III. The Bears have a 3-0 home record in 2013, and a 50-8-3 (.844) record in the past six seasons under head coach Jim Conlon.
Washington U. has continued its fast start offensively, scoring 32 goals in the first six games. In the latest NCAA Division III rankings, the Bears rank third in scoring offense (5.8 goals per game) and have scored five or more goals in five of their first six games. The Bears also lead NCAA Division III in assists (5.0 p/g) and points (16.0 p/g).
Washington University’s defense has posted six-straight shutouts to start the season for the first time in school history. The Bears’ starting back line of senior Rachel Ing, senior Tessa Delaney, sophomore Sam Ezratty, junior Tessa Klumpp and sophomore goalkeeper Amy French has allowed just 16 shots on goal this season. In the latest NCAA Division III rankings, Washington U. ranks first in goals against average (0.00), save percentage (1.000) and shutout percentage (1.000).
Head Coach Jim
Jim Conlon is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Washington University women’s soccer team. Conlon has guided Washington U. to an 86-23-8 (.769) overall record on the Danforth Campus, including four seasons with 15 or more wins. He has also guided the Bears to three University Athletic Association (UAA) championships and five trips to the NCAA Tournament.