The football team suffered its first season opening loss in the past 14 years as the Bears fell 32-29 at Sept. 6 at Simpson College. WUSTL is now 13-2 in season-opening games under head coach Larry Kindbom, who was coaching his 200th career game. The hosts led 15-7 before the Bears tied the game at 15 at the half. The game was tied again at 22 before Simpson took an insurmountable 32-22 lead on tailback Eric Hentges scored his fourth touchdown of the day. Bears quarterback Matt Alley threw for a career-high 236 yards; sophomore Brad Duesing snagged seven receptions for 90 yards and senior Blake Westra had four catches for 86 yards The Bears return to action at 1:30 Sept. 13 at MacMurray College.
The No. 4 volleyball team won the 2003 Midwest Invitational at the Field House. The Bears opened the tournament with 3-0 wins over Millikin and No. 16 Southwestern University Sept. 5, and followed that up with a 3-0 win against Fontbonne University and a 3-1 win vs. Illinois Wesleyan University Sept. 6. Junior Colleen Winter led the Bears with 45 kills and 50 digs on the weekend as WUSTL improved to 7-1 overall. Seniors Amy Brand and Cindy McPeak and sophomore Kara Liefer garnered all-tournament accolades.
The men’s soccer team split a pair of games at the Rhodes College Invitational. The Bears opened the tournament Sept. 5 with a 1-0 overtime win against No. 25 University of the South. Knotted at 0-0 at the end of regulation, senior James Ward drew a penalty kick after being tripped in the box. He converted the kick at the 93:33 mark and the Bears held on for the win. The Bears came up on the other side of a 1-0 decision Sept. 7 against host Rhodes College.
The women’s soccer squad improved its overall record to 2-1 with a 5-0 win at Westminster College Sept. 5. Five different players scored, including four in the second-half, but it was the Bears’ defense that stole the show. The Bears did not give up a shot on goal and outshot Westminster 39-0. Megan Morley netted the game-winner at the 18:01 mark on a direct kick from 18 yards out. Katie Landon, Stephanie Ackerman, Jenny Southworth and Meghan Marie Fowler-Finn followed suit in the second half. Charlotte Felber started in goal and played the entire first half. Casey Herrforth took over in the second half and helped preserve the shutout.
Greg Reindl won his second straight men’s cross-country individual title Sept. 6 at the Hanover Invitational in Hanover Ind. The sophomore ran the 8K race in 25:47.05, five seconds ahead of second-place finisher David Wellerding of Bellarmine University. Reindl, who won last weekend’s Washington University Early Bird Meet, was the Bears’ only men’s runner to finish in the top 10. On the women’s side, Maggie Grabow finished a Washington U. best seventh place, completing the 5K course in 18:49.21 to help lead the Bears to second place overall.