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SLU vs George Washington A-10 /Women's Soccer Championship Tournament

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George Washington midfielder Sammy Neyman (left) and St. Louis University midfielder Anna Lawler leap for a header. St. Louis University defeated George Washington in the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament at Robert Hermann Stadium at St. Louis University on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. But the Billikens lost to Notre Dame 1-0 on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Tim Vizer)

The St. Louis University women’s soccer team ended the season the way it started — with a 1-0 loss at Notre Dame.

The Irish scored on a loose ball in front of the SLU goal late in the first half Sunday and it was enough to win the first-round game in the women’s NCAA Tournament.

The loss in South Bend, Ind., ended a 16-game unbeaten streak for the Billikens, who finished the season 17-4-2.

SLU outshot Notre Dame (11-7-2) 10-8 but only three attempts were on goal.

Notre Dame’s Kiki Van Zanten scored in the 41st minute, in a scramble in front of the goal after an Irish corner kick.

The ball sailed over the head of goalkeeper Mary Niehaus and landed in front of the goal. SLU’s Courtney Reimer tried to clear the ball off the line, but it bounced onto the foot of Van Zanten, who was able to get enough on her shot for it to barely roll across the line.

SLU lost its first game of the season on a penalty kick at Notre Dame and went on to win the regular-season Atlantic 10 championship and conference tournament.