Washington University is making it clear that those who compiled early-season NCAA Division III women’s soccer polls are really paying attention in 2014.
The Bears are ranked BR-1 in our poll, they’re 5-0 start justifies their spot in the ratings.
“Being ranked number one is a wonderful recognition but it is early in the season,” said seventh-year head coach Jim Conlon, who captured his 200th career victory with a Sept. 6 victory over Rhodes College.
“We aspire to be ranked number one in December. The early-season ranking is a nice recognition for our women who worked hard on their own over the summer to start the season 5-0.”
This is Washington’s second consecutive season starting out with five straight wins. The Bears have outscored foes 16-0 in five straight shutouts.
Sophomore forward Katie Chandler and junior forward Olivia Lillegraven each have four goals and one assist. Chandler had a hat trick against Benedictine. Lillegraven tops NCAA Division III with three game-winning goals. Lillie Toaspern has two goals and five assists.
Senior backliners Tessa Delaney and Tessa Klumpp join sophomores Lexie Sprague and Hannah Rosenberg to help account for keeping opponents scoreless. They’ve limited teams to 13 shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeepers Lizzy Crist and Nina Gershon have sparkled.
“We are focused on preparing for the United Athletic Association schedule, and our goal is to win a UAA title and make a deep run in the NCAA tournament,” Conlon said.
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