Women's Soccer Final Four Preview

Women's Soccer Final Four Preview


BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the second-straight season and for the fourth time in school history with a 1-0 win at No. 2 Trinity University (Texas) Nov. 20 in San Antonio.

The Bears take on No. 23 Brandeis University (17-2-3) in the second semifinal Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Va. No. 6 Messiah College (21-2) and No. 11 University of Chicago (18-3-1) take the field in the first semifinal Friday at 5 p.m. (ET). The winners meet Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (ET) in the National Championship.

NCAA HISTORY – WashU is making its 11th-consecutive and 16th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have a 31-13-8 record in NCAA Tournament play, with national runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2015. WashU earned the UAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over then No. 8 Chicago Nov. 5 in St. Louis.

HEAD COACH JIM CONLON – The winningest coach in school history, Jim Conlon has guided WashU to a 150-33-15 (.795) overall record in nine seasons. Conlon has led the Bears to five University Athletic Association (UAA) championships and nine-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. Conlon has a 246-90-20 (.719) overall record in 17 seasons as a collegiate women's coach, and a 354-138-30 (.707) mark in 25 seasons as a collegiate coach. He would coach his 200th game at WashU if the Bears advance to the national championship.

HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM – WashU has compiled an all-time record of 377-126-39 (.732) in 28 seasons of women's soccer on the Danforth Campus. The Bears have posted 15-consecutive winning seasons, and 21-straight seasons with a .500 or better record. The Bears have won 11 UAA titles (1995, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) and made 16 NCAA appearances. 

ALL-REGION – WashU had five student-athletes earn NSCAA All-Central Region honors. Senior forward Katie Chandler, senior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist and sophomore midfielder Maggie Crist earned first-team honors, while senior backs Megan Nicklay and Hannah Rosenberg picked up second-team honors.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA– Senior goalkeeper Lizzy Crist was selected to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Women's Soccer First Team. Crist is the seventh individual in WashU women's soccer history to earn Academic All-America honors, and the second student-athlete to earn first-team accolades. In addition, Crist and senior back Hannah Rosenberg were named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Five Division III Team. Crist has a 3.87 grade point average while majoring in biomedical engineering, while Rosenberg has a 3.82 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering.