The top 10 Washington University sports moments of 2018

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.

| Senior Sports Editor

Op-ed: Thank you from the women’s soccer family

At Wash. U., we have a campus community that makes the high achievements of a scholar-champion attainable.

Jim Conlon | Women's Soccer Coach

Just short of perfect: Women’s soccer suffers first loss, bounced from Final Four

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.

| Senior Sports Editor

Women’s soccer two steps away from national championship

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.

| Senior Sports Editor

Women’s soccer defeats No. 23 UW-La Crosse, No. 15 Wheaton, advances to Final Four

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.

Heman Duplechan | Staff Reporter

Women’s soccer seeks to emerge from competitive NCAA Sectional

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.

Dorian DeBose | Senior Sports Editor

Women’s soccer perfect in advancing to fourth consecutive Sweet 16

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.

| Senior Sports Editor

Women’s soccer: WU hosts opening round of NCAA tournament

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.

Dorian DeBose | Senior Sports Editor

17-0: Women’s soccer completes historic season with 2-0 win over No. 20 Chicago

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.

Heman Duplechan | Staff Reporter

Two finales, different stakes: Men’s, women’s soccer prepare for Chicago

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.

| Associate Editor