Late Goal Lifts No. 2 WashU Past Case 1-0

Photos by Roger Mastroianni
Photos by Roger Mastroianni

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 13, 2017 – Sophomore forward Taylor Cohen scored with 11.5 seconds remaining to lift the No. 2 ranked and defending national champion Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Case Western Reserve University on Friday the 13th at Francis Field in St. Louis.

The goal for Cohen was her conference-leading 13th of the season, while the game-winner was her fourth of the season, also tops in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

WashU ran its unbeaten streak to 27 games and improved to 12-0-1, 3-0 in the UAA, while Case fell to 5-8, 0-3 in the UAA.

WashU outshot Case 11-1 in the first half, but could not find the back of the net. The Spartans had the best scoring opportunity in the 41st minute after Angelina Batty snuck through the defense for a breakaway but freshman goalkeeper Emma Greenfield came up with a huge save.

The Bears continued to dominate play and nearly broke the tie in the 66th minute after junior Caroline Dempsey sent a header that went just wide of the goal. Freshman Katy Mockett also had a great opportunity in the 87th minute, but her shot went off the crossbar and out of bounds.

Junior Jessica Kovach set up the game-winning goal as her header from inside the six was stopped by Case goalkeeper Lauren Unterberg, but Cohen was there to collect the rebound.

The Bears outshot Case 30-2, including 19-1 in the second half. Junior Maggie Crist was all over the field for WashU and led the team with seven shots.

Greenfield and the WashU backline limited Case to two shots on goal and two corner kicks to preserve the 10th shutout of the season. Greenfield has allowed just one goal in 740 minutes played this season.

WashU hosts No. 10-ranked Carnegie Mellon University (8-2-2, 1-1-1 UAA) on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Prior to Sunday's contest, the Bears with honor their 10 seniors.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Case, 26-3, and the Bears have won 23 of the last 24 meetings … The 13 goals scored by Cohen is 12th on the WashU single-season list … The Bears are 8-0-1 at home this year, and unbeaten in their last 30 games at Francis Field … WashU is one of 10 teams that remain unbeaten in NCAA Division III.