No. 6 Washington-St. Louis controls second half versus No. 18 UR

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ST. LOUIS – Sixth-ranked Washington University battled back from a 1-0 deficit to score three times in the second half and defeated the University of Rochester, 3-1, in a women’s soccer match on Sunday afternoon.

The game paired WU (now 10-1-1, 1-0 in the University Athletic Association) against Rochester (7-2-0, 0-1 UAA). The Yellowjackets entered the game ranked #18 in the current Division III coaches’ poll. Four UAA teams are in the Top 25 and two others sit near the top of the Others Receiving Votes listing.

Rochester scored the first goal of the match – 10 minutes into the second half. WU had a territorial edge in the first 45 minutes, but Rochester had some good forays upfield. Robin deJong made some dangerous runs down the left touchline, forcing the Bears to bundle her off the ball. Jorie Freitag aided the transition attack, dropping back into midfield to take the ball away and restart play in the other direction.

Ten minutes after the restart, Jamison Seabury chased a ball down the right sideline and chipped a cross into the middle of the area. Madison Drenowatz was there to meet it, heading it over the lunge of WU goalkeeper Emma Greenfield and under the crossbar. It was the ninth goal of the season for Drenowatz.

It took 10 minutes for the Bears to find an equalizer. Jess Shapiro saved the ball from going out of touch and got it into the area where Ellie DeConinck scored her fifth goal of the year at 65:19.

Taylor Cohen scored go-ahead and insurance goals in a span of four minutes for WU. In the 76th minute, she collected a short pass from Jolie Carl, feinted past a defender and hit a left-footed shot to the far corner of the goal. She made it 3-1 nearly on the stroke of 80 minutes. DeConinck hit a long cross into her path and Cohen hit a sliding shot into the goal.

For Rochester, Emma Schechter made six saves in the 90 minutes. WU’s Emma Greenfield made one save.

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