Men’s soccer falls and other storylines from the packed sports weekend
A late comeback was not enough for the men’s soccer team on Friday night, when the Bears lost their first game since Aug. 30, 3-2, to Wheaton College. The Thunder jumped out to a lead in the 14th minute, when Washington University could not recover a header, giving Wheaton’s freshman midfielder Alessandro D’Argento space to dribble. He cut to his right around two Wash. U. defenders before finding an open lane and sending a hard shot into the bottom left corner of the goal, stunning the Bears’ sophomore goalkeeper Matt Martin, who lunged to his right but could not make a stop.
Wash. U. had multiple opportunities to tie the game up before halftime, yet were not able to convert any of their opportunities into goals. The Bears got off two shots on goal in a three-minute period starting at the 38th minute, but Wheaton goalkeeper Hasten Biddlecome made 12 saves on the day, the second-highest mark of his career.
The second half got off to a quick start with a flurry of scoring within the first ten minutes. After Wheaton doubled its lead in the 48th minute, Wash. U. answered nearly immediately, as sophomores Alex Smith and Nolan Wolf connected for the second week in a row. Smith picked up the assist to set up Wolf’s second goal of the season. The game was then scoreless for 20 minutes before the Thunder picked up an insurance goal with 18 minutes left. That goal soon proved crucial when, in the 83rd minute, Wash. U. junior Will Sproule recovered a rebound and pocketed it to make the game 3-2. Wash. U. did not score again, and the Thunder held onto their narrow lead. With the loss, the Bears fall to 3-2-1 on the season. They face Webster University this Wednesday evening at the St. Louis Soccer Park.
Wash. U. women’s tennis showcased its talent at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Central Region Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday and Friday. The Bears posted a 10-2 record in singles on the first day and both Wash. U. doubles pairings advanced to the second day’s round of 16. Sophomore Hannah Johnston upset the tournament’s No. 7 seed, recovering from a 5-0 deficit in her second set to storm back and secure the match victory with a 7-5 win. Friday was rougher for the Bears, as both doubles teams fell and the team won no singles matches. Wash. U. now has five months to prepare for its spring season, which commences in February.
The men’s team also had its first competition of the fall, the Drake Invitational, with junior Ethan Hillis winning the tournament’s “A” flight in a tight championship match Sunday. Hillis’ four wins on the weekend were all against Division I opponents, and sophomore James Shaheen was also successful, advancing to the semifinals on Saturday before falling. The men have their own ITA Central Region Championships in Kalamazoo the weekend of Oct. 4.
No. 2 Washington University Golf lost a dual with Division II Lindenwood University this weekend. The Lions combined to shoot 300 on the day, besting the Bears by five strokes. Wash. U. freshman Annie Mascot posted the second highest score of the competition, shooting a 73. Senior Samantha Haubenstock was close on her heels at 74, tied for third of the 13 golfers. The starting five for Wash. U. was filled out by freshmen Emmy Sammons (77) and Helen Ye (83) and senior Emily Carnes (81). Lindenwood Senior McKenna Montgomery placed first by shooting 70. The Bears tee off again in October when they travel to Pennsylvania for The Tartan Invitational.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams ran to second place finishes at the Gil Dodds Invitational on Saturday. The No. 1 ranked women were edged out of first place by No. 4 University of Chicago. Junior Katie Snodgrass was the highest finisher for the Bears, placing fourth in the field. Junior Megan Girmscheid and freshman Ella Behrens also earned top-10 finishes, placing fifth and ninth, respectively. Sophomore Sophie Young and freshman Emily Konkus were the fourth and fifth fastest finishing Bears. All five Bears finished in the top 20 out of over 170 runners.
The No. 3 men also placed second. They were topped by No. 1 North Central College. Junior Joe Stover and senior Marco Quaroni led the way, running to fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively. Sophomore Jacob Ridderhoff, senior Noah Trimark and junior Scott Mitchell were the Bears’ third, fourth and fifth fastest finishers. All five men were also in the top 20.