The Bears said goodbye and said hello; revisited the past and confronted the present; and experienced heartbreaking losses and thrilling victories. Without further ado, here are Student Life’s top 10 sports moments of 2018.
At Wash. U., we have a campus community that makes the high achievements of a scholar-champion attainable.
The Bears were nearly flawless in 2018. But the postseason is a cruel game of musical chairs. Instead, the Bears are left not with a throne but outside the ballroom entirely, to the bitter aftertaste of a single blemish: 21-1.
There is no more margin of error. The initial 21 wins in the rearview, Wash. U. needs to collect two more without a loss to claim the title of best in Division III. The Red and Green face No. 3 Middlebury College in the Final Four Friday at UNCG Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
This weekend, the Washington University women’s soccer team advanced to the Final Four after wins against No. 23 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and No. 15 Wheaton College. In an action-packed weekend of soccer, the Bears withstood tough performances from both opponents to advance to their fifth Final Four appearance in school history.
The Washington University women’s soccer team is four games away from a national championship and an undefeated season. However, it will likely face its most difficult challenge of the season this weekend as they host the NCAA Sectional Semifinal.
The Bears made a mockery of the postseason’s opening weekend, treating it as a continuation of the regular season with a pair of shutouts at Francis Olympic Stadium. With a 5-0 win over Westminster College Saturday and a 3-0 victory over Illinois Wesleyan University Sunday, Wash. U. moved to 19-0 in 2018.
The Washington University women’s soccer team will host first and second round play of the NCAA Division III tournament for the third straight season this Saturday and Sunday. Wash. U., who will enter the tournament after completing an undefeated regular season, has played crushing defense all year.
The Bears completed the first perfect regular season in school history, defeating No. 20 University of Chicago at Francis Field for their 17th victory without a loss.
Though the two teams will be wearing the same colors in both games Saturday afternoon, the stakes will be very different, with the women looking to wrap up the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and the men fighting for their playoff lives.