St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 17, 2019 – Sophomore back Gabbie Cesarone netted the game-winner and spearheaded the defense as the No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team defeated Adrian College 2-0 in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship Sunday at Francis Olympic Field in St. Louis.
Cesarone deflected a free kick from junior Ellie DeConick in the 35th minute for her third tally of the season and the game-winning goal. She also teamed with juniors Katy Mockett and Ellie Moreland and freshman Ellie Brauner to record the 12th shutout of the season for the Bears.
WashU ran its unbeaten streak to 16 matches and improved to 17-1-2, while Adrian had its season come to an end with a 17-5-2 mark.
"I was proud of our women for fighting and battling and finding the back of the net twice today. It was important to get the win," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "We talked about playing full throttle the entire second half. We wanted to dictate where we could go."
The Bears advanced to the NCAA Sectional Semifinal for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and for the 15th time in school history. WashU takes on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. in St. Louis.
Junior goalkeeper Emma Greenfield (17-1-2) picked up the win in goal making one save. The stop came in the 27th minute off a point blank shot from Caroline Fleming.
WashU outshot Adrian 29-3 and had a 3-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Bears hit the post three times and the crossbar twice
In the 67th minute, WashU got a much-needed insurance goal by freshman Riley Alvarez after she corralled a loose ball in the box after Moreland drilled a shot off the far post. The goal for Alvarez was the first of her career.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Adrian met for the first time in school history … The Bears are 41-15-8 all-time in 19 NCAA appearances … The Bears have won 17 or more games in each of the last five seasons … WashU is 11-1 this season at home and 52-2-2 the past five seasons … The shutout for Greenfield was the 30th of her career, one shy of the WashU career mark.