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Taylor Cohen Lifts No. 1 Washington University Past Illinois Wesleyan in NCAA Second Round

Taylor Cohen Lifts No. 1 Washington University Past Illinois Wesleyan in NCAA Second Round

From Washington University Athletics

Junior forward Taylor Cohen scored a pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes of play to lead the No. 1 Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Francis Field in St. Louis.

WashU improved to 19-0 with the win, while Illinois Wesleyan ended its season with a 14-5-2 mark. The 19-game winning streak for WashU is the longest in school history.

The Bears advanced to the NCAA Sectional Semifinal for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and for the 14th time in school history.

WashU hosts No. 23 Wisconsin-La Crosse on Friday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. UW-La Crosse defeated WashU 2-1 a year ago in the Sectional Semifinals in Chicago.

"Illinois Wesleyan got off to a hot start yesterday and we wanted to match that tonight," said WashU head coach Jim Conlon. "All the credit to our women. They worked their tale off and got a good result. We are trying to get better every day."

A misplay by the IWU goalkeeper Kelli McCarthy led to the first goal just 20 seconds into the match. Freshman Ariana Miles stole the pass and quickly fed Cohen who powered it into the back of the net.

Just nine minutes later, a back heal pass from freshman Erin Flynn to Miles led to another goal by Cohen at 9:23 to make it 2-0. Cohen leads the conference with 14 goals.

WashU outshot Illinois Wesleyan 16-1 in the opening half.

In the 55thminute, sophomore Kristen Reikersdorfer hammed a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off an IWU defender and off the crossbar into the back of the net. The goal for Reikersdorfer was her third of the season.

Flynn drilled a shot off the crossbar in the 72ndminute and then freshman Marissa Kalkar fired a shot off the crossbar in the 80thminute. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Greenfield (19-0) made one save as the backline preserved WashU's 15th shutout of the season. The 19th win for Greenfield tied a single-season record.

WashU outshot Illinois Wesleyan 25-2 and had a 9-0 advantage on corner kicks.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with IWU, 11-5-5 … The Bears are one of two remaining undefeated teams in Division III (Centre) … WashU is 25-2-2 all-time at home in NCAA play … Illinois Wesleyan was making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance … WashU has a 37-14-8 record in NCAA Tournament play … The Bears have allowed four goals in 19 games … Cohen moved into sixth in school history in game-winning goals (12) and points (90) … Greenfield picked up the 20th shutout of her career, seventh most in school history … The 19 wins by WashU are the third most in school history.