After earning a pair of road victories this weekend, the No. 7 Washington University women’s basketball team now have a chance to claim the greatest regular-season prize: the UAA title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Read to relive the top 10 Wash. U. athletic moments from 2016.
While it’s still playoff season for most Washington University fall sports teams, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are just getting started. In this week’s season openers, the Washington University men’s basketball team held on for a slim 60-59 victory at Webster University, while the women’s team coasted to an 83-60 win against Westminster College at the Field House.
With just three games remaining this season, the Washington University men’s and women’s soccer teams hit the road this weekend in pursuit of two wins apiece to bolster their playoff chances.
As a defender, junior Chris Rieger, of the Washington University men’s soccer team, is used to his performance not making the highlight reel or being reflected on the stat sheet. But—as someone who has played center back his whole life—that suits Rieger just fine.
If you managed to jump over the temporary wall around the Athletic Complex this past weekend, you’d know that there’s no debating whether the Washington University fall sports season is in full swing.
It was that type of feel-good weekend for the No. 17 Washington University men’s soccer team, who remain undefeated after beating rival Wheaton College 1-0 on Friday and dominating No. 16 Luther College 4-0 on Sunday in a pair of home games.
In the second match of the season last year, the Washington University men’s soccer team conceded the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Carthage College.
On Saturday afternoon, however, the Bears were on the opposite end of an equally dramatic contest, as sophomore forward Ryan Sproule scored in the 89th minute to give No. 24 Wash. U. a 1-0 road victory over Dominican University and its first 2-0 start since 2013.
As the Bears begin their pursuit of a Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title, they’ll once again need to rely on a high-scoring offense while establishing a consistently stout defense, especially on the road. Here is an idea of what to expect in the coming season.
The Washington University women’s soccer team is no stranger to high expectations.
In the span of seven seasons, the Bears have played in two NCAA finals, advanced to three straight NCAA quarterfinals, from 2011 to 2013, and won three University Athletic Association (UAA) titles. Amidst all of these accomplishments, one key accolade has eluded them: a national championship.