Courtesy of UofRathletics.com
When you play against the nation’s number one team, everyone has to be on task for the full 90 minutes. Especially when that team arrives having outscored 10 previous opponents by a one-sided margin of 35-2.
Washington University-St. Louis fit that description and had it on full display in a 1-0 victory over Rochester at Edwin Fauver Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Bears improved to 11-0 overall, 2-0-0 in the UAA. Rochester is 6-4-1 overall, 0-2-0 in the UAA.
With the game against the top-ranked Bears, it meant that Rochester has played the teams ranked #1, #2, #3, and #4 this season – all at the time when they held those rankings. UR lost to #4 Hardin Simmons, 2-0, in the William Smith Tournament on Labor Day Weekend. On September 15, Rochester defeated #2 William Smith, 2-1, in Geneva. Rochester lost at #3 Chicago, 3-0, a week ago, and this weekend, was edged by #1 Washington.
The defensive effort was superb. Rochester’s back line, which included Shayna Levy, Dani Aceves, Meghan Martin, and Giuliana Vasile (Pittsford Sutherland), kept chipping the ball out of the box, blocked shots, and generally getting in the way of WU shots.
Goalkeeper Emma Schechter sparkled in so many ways. With the match barely 90 seconds old, Washington earned a corner kick. Caroline Dempsey took it, hitting a ball that dipped and was headed for the underside of the cross bar until Schechter caught it. Later in the half, she made a punch save of a dipping shot from Jesse Rubin. In the last seven minutes of the half, Dempsey put the ball in front where Hannah Menard had a great opportunity, but Schechter made a kick save to deny her. One minute later, she raced, then dove, from the center of the goal line to the right post to parry a shot from Erin Flynn. Her momentum carried her into the post. After a brief stoppage to check her, Schechter carried on and finished the game. She had nine saves.
The game’s only goal came in the 26th minute. An offensive thrust was parried out of the area and Maggie Crist ran onto the 50-50 ball. She whistled a low shot from more than 30 yards out through a screen of bodies and legs and it nestled in the corner of the net.