Whitewater, Wis., Sept. 16, 2017 – Sophomore Jesse Rubin and senior Mia Mastroianni found the back of the net as the No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team posted a 2-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday in Whitewater, Wis.
WashU improved to 5-0 and ran its unbeaten streak to 19 games dating back to last season, while Illinois Wesleyan fell to 4-2.
"We were a little sluggish today, but played well enough to win," said 10th-year head coach Jim Conlon. "Defense was solid today and got some really good depth from our bench."
WashU outshot IWU 13-2 in the first half, and got on the scoreboard in the 26th minute. Junior Darcy Cunningham put in a corner into the box, that was attempted to be cleared by the Titans. Junior Maggie Crist got the first touch, and deflected it to Rubin for the goal.
The Bears added an insurance goal in the 77th minute after senior Mariana Alisio beat the IWU keeper and was taken down in the box. Mastroianni converted the PK to put WashU up 2-0.
Freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield made a career-high five saves and recorded the second shutout of her career. WashU outshot IWU, 22-9, and the Titans had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU takes on No. 8-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (4-0-2) on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m., in the championship game of the "W" Challenge.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with IWU, 10-5-5 … The Bears have outscored their opponents 16-2 this season … 16 of the 20 matches between the two teams have been decided by a goal or less … Both of Rubin's goals this year have been game-winners … The goal for Mastroianni was the third of her career.