It was November of last year when Olivia Lillegraven had to watch from the sidelines as the Washington University women’s soccer team was upset 1-0 by University of Puget Sound in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.
I am a Cubs fan and have been since before I was born. My suffering was decided for me years ago when my dad’s dad moved to Chicago in 1964 and for some reason decided to yoke his descendants to the constantly burning wagon of hopelessness that is Chicago Cubs.
After battling through wind, low temperatures and some of the best athletes the Midwest had to offer, junior Rebecca Ho and senior Aly Coran captured the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Doubles Championship for the Washington University women’s tennis team.
The Washington University women’s cross country team outpaced Division I DePaul University while the Bears’ men’s cross-country team fell short in a close finish to host Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Saturday at the SIUE John Flamer Invite.
By the rankings, the University Athletic Association has the deepest crop of volleyball teams in Division III. With four UAA teams ranked in the top 25 in the country this season, the most of any conference, gone are the days when Washington University could sweep through its conference schedule with ease.
To kick off University Athletic Association play for the season, both the Washington University men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted the University of Rochester. Both Bears teams combined to outshoot their opponents by a plus-14 margin, but only the women walked away with a victory, beating the Yellowjackets 2-0. The men would play to a 1-1 double overtime draw.
The Washington University football team’s high-flying offense has been grounded. After averaging 515 total yards and 37 points per game in the first three weeks, the Bears were limited to a season-low 319 yards of total offense on their way to a 20-13 Saturday night loss at Berry College.
This past Saturday’s game against Birmingham-Southern College was the first time I ever attended a Bears’ football game or any Washington University sporting event. My virginity from Washington University sports, however, should have ended much sooner.
In her opening monologue from “The Blind Side,” Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) orates on the swift ferocity of football: “From the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bone is closer to four seconds than five.” She’s right, assuming that both the offense and defense both execute perfectly. But when a receiver catches a ball in the open field or a running back breaks a tackle, the offense gets a few extra seconds. What the defense does in those brief moments determines the difference between a stop and paydirt for the bad guys. That’s when coaches need an athlete like Quincy Marting, Washington University senior cornerback and team captain.
The No. 18 Washington University men’s soccer team has made a habit of scoring early, netting 13 of their 16 goals in the first half.