Greencastle, Ind. – Interim head coach Doug Starnes and the DePauw women's soccer team were greeted by defending national champions WashU to open the season on Friday, and the No. 1 Bears left with a 4-1 win.
WashU showed what made them national champions as they kept DePauw on the defensive end for the majority of the game, outshooting the Tigers 32-5.
However, it was a scoreless contest through the first 31:37 until WashU's Taylor Cohen connected on her first goal of the year. The Bears (1-0) then kept the pressure on until the end of the half, scoring at 36:30 and 43:25 to take a 3-0 lead at halftime.
DePauw got a quick boost out of the second half gate when Bridget Brendza scored following a corner at 45:53. However, that was only one of two shots DePauw would take in the second half.
Cohen scored again for WashU at 59:18 to close the scoring.
In net, Natalie Sheeks made 11 saves. Katy Hutson picked up the win for WashU after a first half shutout. She was replaced by Emma Greenfield to start the second half.
The Tigers (0-1) are off for the rest of the weekend and will travel to Ohio Northern next Friday, Sept. 8 for their next contest.