Washington U Bears Fall in NCAA Sectional Game


Coach Jim Conlon walks in front of his team bench

I got to enjoy another fantastic game at Francis Field Saturday night, albeit a loss for the Washington University Bears. An amazing display of heart from a very well-prepared team that knew what they needed to do to win but didn’t have enough at the end. The loss of leading scorer Anna Zambricki to an ankle injured suffered in the win over Concordia-Moorhead had an impact but having to play two intense games in two days was another hurdle. It’s unfortunate the NCAA doesn’t allow for a day of rest in-between the 3rd and 4th round.

The Bears concluded the season with an 11-1-1 at home and snapped a 21-game unbeaten streak. Washington U. has made six appearances in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Class of 2013 posted a 65-19-6 (.756) record in four seasons on the Danforth Campus with two conference titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the 2009 Final Four.

Goalkeeper Clara Jaques tied her career-high with 12 saves in the loss. She finished her career as the most decorated goalkeeper in school history, setting the all-time school record in victories (63) and shutouts (25).

Via BearSports.WUSTL.edu – No. 11 Wheaton College advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Final Four with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis in the Sectional Championship game on Saturday night at Francis Field in St. Louis.

Wheaton improved its overall record to 21-3-2 and will make its seventh trip to the Final Four on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in San Antonio, Texas. The Thunder takes on the winner of University Athletic Association (UAA) members No. 16 Emory and No. 17 Carnegie Mellon on Friday in the NCAA semifinals at 6 p.m.

Washington U. concludes its season with a 19-2-1 record, with both of its losses coming to Wheaton. The 19 wins by Washington U. set a single-season school record, bettering the mark of 18 set in 2011. Read more.

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