Cunningham Scores Twice in No. 6 WashU’s Win over Rhodes  

Photo by Steven H. Cohen
Photo by Steven H. Cohen

St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 15, 2018 – Senior Darcy Cunningham found the back of the net in each half to lead the No. 6 Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 4-1 win over Rhodes College Saturday in the opening game of the Challenge Tournament Saturday at Francis Field in St. Louis.

WashU pushed its record 6-0, while Rhodes dropped to 2-2-1. The Bears are off to a 6-0 start for the second straight season and ninth time in school history.

The Bears struck first in the 12thminute on a nice give and go from junior Taylor Cohen to Cunningham.

Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Greenfield came up big in the 18thminute as she came out to stuff a breakaway from Alli Cundiff. The save for Greenfield was just her second of the season. 

Senior Hannah Menard pushed the advantage to 2-0 in the 24thminute when she scored from 40 yards out on an assist from junior Jesse Rubin.

Rhodes trimmed the lead in half with a goal in the 33rdminute when Sydnie Schindler snuck one over the head with a shot from 30 yards out. WashU outshot Rhodes 9-3 in the first half.

Menard nearly made it a two-goal game again in the 68thminute but her shot from 20 yards out went off the far post.

Cunningham added the insurance goal in the 70thminute after she finished a perfect chip from senior Maggie Crist with a shot into the back of the net. The goal for Cunningham was her fourth of the season and 17thof her career.

Sophomore Ellie DeConinck rounded out the scoring for WashU with her first goal of the year in the 77thminute.

WashU outshot Rhodes 22-4 and had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Greenfield made three saves and improved to 6-0 in goal.

The Bears take on the winner of DePauw and Wisconsin-Whitewater in the championship game of the Challenge Tournament Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Rhodes 15-1-1 and has won the last 14 meetings …The Bears are one of 36 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division III … Head coach Jim Conlon recorded career win number 175 in 11 seasons at WashU … The Bears improved to 3-0 at home this season, and is 34-1-1 at Francis Field the past four seasons.