The Washington University women’s soccer team won its first national championship in December 2016. The title is the 20th Washington University teams have earned in Division III athletics. (Photo: Roger Mastroianni)
The Washington University women’s soccer team won its first national championship in December 2016. The title marks the 20th championship Washington University teams have earned across all sports in Division III athletics. (Photo: Roger Mastroianni)

Getting a kick out of winning

The women’s soccer team posted a 5–4 shootout victory over Messiah College to claim the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship. The game — played Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at Roanoke College in Salem, ­Virginia — ended in a 1–1 tie after 110 minutes of play. ­Converting ­penalty kicks in the shootout were sophomore ­Caroline Dempsey, junior Kelly Von Zup, sophomore Jessica Kovach, junior Gillian Myers and junior Megan Wolf, who converted the game-winner. The national championship is the first for the women’s soccer team and the 20th in the history of the WashU Department of Athletics.

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