While most Washington University students are taking a quick recess home, catching up on Netflix or sleeping off midterms, the Red and Green sports teams will continue to push towards the playoffs during fall break.
Men’s soccer took on a conference foe, the golf team traveled to Ohio and while fall WILD was taking place in Brookings, swimming and diving and volleyball both hosted competitions.
On a warm Saturday afternoon, the Washington University men’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Emory University in a hotly-contested match in Atlanta, Ga.
In the most dramatic moment of the 2017 Washington University men’s soccer season so far, freshman forward Will Sproule scored in the 102nd minute in his first college appearance, and the Bears moved to 5-0-1 with a 1-0 win Saturday at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.
This Sunday, with the Washington University men’s soccer team clinging to a one goal lead against Illinois Wesleyan, a defender on the line saved the match for the Bears.
Just two weeks ago, senior goalkeeper Colin McCune had played a total of seven minutes, 45 seconds in three years with the Washington University men’s soccer team. Now he’s starting in goal for the undefeated Bears.
Because Washington University has historically had one of the most successful athletic programs in Division III, it is generally not difficult for the Bears to schedule top opposition. It is not often, however, that three separate Wash. U. teams face highly ranked competitors on the same weekend this early in season.
The crowd watched tensely as freshman Sean Connors stepped up to take his corner kick. Stepping back, then running forwards, Connors whipped the ball into the box, where a mass of Bears and Tigers were waiting. The ball dipped and senior Anthony Law headed it home to make the scoreline 3-0, capping off the Washington University men’s soccer team’s first home game of the 2017 season.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon, the Washington University men’s soccer team overcame the odds and battled for a narrow 1-0 win against the No. 23 Luther College.
Last year, the men’s soccer team had the comfort of bringing back much of the same roster. This year, they have no such luxury.