Greencastle, Ind., Sept. 1, 2017 – Sophomore Taylor Cohen netted two goals and added an assist to lead the No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 4-1 season-opening with at DePauw University Friday in Greencastle, Ind.
WashU (1-0) hosts Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the home opener Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
"The women did a great job and executed what we asked. We got in great positions with the ball at our feet. We were able to get the ball into good positions, and it led to some goals," said 10th-year head coach Jim Conlon. "The backline was good tonight and they did a nice job of pressing the ball. They supported each other and got in good positions."
WashU had numerous scoring opportunities in the first half, including a point-blank shot by senior Alison Cerny in the 30th minute that was denied by DePauw goalkeeper Natalie Sheeks. The Bears finally broke through in the 32nd minute when Cohen headed home a cross from junior Darcy Cunningham.
WashU continued to put the pressure on and sophomore Jesse Rubin scored the 37th minute to make it 2-0. Cohen and Cerny recorded the assists. Junior Maggie Crist added an unassisted goal in the 43rd minute to make it 3-0. The Bears outshot DePauw 16-3 in the opening half.
The Tigers broke through in the first minute of the second half scoring off a corner kick to trim the lead to 3-1.
Cohen netted her second goal of the contest in the 60th minute off an assist from senior Gillian Myers to extend the lead to 1-0. The goal for Cohen was the eighth of her career.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with DePauw 12-2, and the Bears have won the last four meetings … WashU is 8-2 in season openers under Conlon … The bench recorded 15 of 32 shots for the Bears … The game-winner for Rubin was the second of her career … WashU extended its unbeaten streak to 15 games dating back to last season.