Wheaton, Ill., September 2, 2016 – Junior Megan Renken headed home a cross from senior All-American Katie Chandler into the side of the net in the 79th minute for the lone goal of the game as the No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team won its season opener 1-0 at Wheaton College Friday in Wheaton, Ill.
WashU (1-0) continues play in the Bob Baptista Invitational against Hanover College Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Hanover suffered a 6-1 loss to Hope College Friday in its season opener.
"Our girls played well tonight. We came out with very specific focus and played to our strengths," said ninth-year head coach Jim Conlon. "The backline played well in the second half, and I did not want to break that up. They did a great job of stopping Wheaton's long ball attack."
In the first half, Chandler got behind the Wheaton defense in the 21st minute and was left wide open in the box but her shot was deflected away by Wheaton goalkeeper Kathryn McGregor.
WashU had some miscommunication on the backline in the 36th minute, and Wheaton connected on a point blank shot in the box that junior Kelly Von Zup cleared out for a team save. The Bears had a 7-3 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes of play
WashU's defense locked down Wheaton in the second half, controlling most of the play and outshooting the Thunder 10-1.
Senior All-American goalkeeper Lizzy Crist made one save and posted the 19th shutout of her career, seventh most in school history. WashU outshot Wheaton 17-4 and had a 4-1 corner kick advantage.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Wheaton leads the all-time series with WashU, 13-6-2, but the Bears have won the last two meetings on the road … WashU is 7-2 in season openers under Conlon … The goal for Renken was the sixth of her career … Chandler's assist upper her career point total to 60 … The victory for Crist was the 30th of her career.