Football goes to 2-0

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Senior Gabe Murphy ran for a career-high 128 yards and sophomore Tim Machan tied a school record with three interceptions as the Bears posted a 34-3 win Sept. 8 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

The Bears defense, which held Lake Forest to 17 yards rushing a week ago, limited Westminster’s rushing attack to 41 yards on 30 carries in the win.

Women’s soccer wins

The No. 14 women’s soccer team extended its regular-season winning streak to 18 games with two wins last weekend at the Glenn Hyundai College Showcase in Lexington, Ky.

In the first game Sept. 8, the Bears rallied with two goals in an eight-minute span to post a 2-1 victory over Transylvania University. In the second game Sept. 9, junior Lauren Mehner scored the game-winning goal leading Washington U. to a 1-0 win over Centre College. Goalkeeper Carrie Sear picked up her third and fourth wins of the season and now has 21 wins in her WUSTL career.

Runners ranked No. 3

The women’s cross country team is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Div. III preseason poll.

The Bears return 15 runners from last season, including All-America honoree senior Tricia Frisella, who placed 22nd at the 2006 NCAA meet. Washington U. also welcomes back senior Kate Pentak and senior Tyler Mulkin, both of whom received All-Midwest Region accolades in 2006. The WUSTL men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Maryville Classic in St. Louis.

Volleyball goes 3-1

The No. 4 volleyball team posted a 3-1 record at the WUSTL National Invitational in the Field House Sept. 7-8.

The Bears defeated No. 15 Ohio Northern, 3-0, and Central College (Iowa), 3-0, Sept. 7. WUSTL lost its first match of the season the next day, falling to No. 2 Wittenberg University, 3-1. The team bounced back from the loss, defeating No. 12 Concordia College-Moorhead, 3-1.

Junior outside hitter/defensive specialist Alli Alberts and junior setter Audra Janak were named to the WUSTL National Invitational All-Tournament Team. The team returns to action this weekend against the top teams in the country at the Fourth Annual Teri Clemens Invitational.

Men’s soccer 3-1

The No. 12 men’s soccer team split a pair of home games last week, and is now 3-1.

The Bears defeated Westminster College, 6-0, in the home opener Sept. 6, and lost, 2-0, to Division II Truman State University Sept. 8. Junior midfielder Kellen Hayes and senior forward Marshall Plow led the Bears’ offense against Westminster. The defense shut down the Westminster attack, and did not allow a shot on goal.

The loss to Truman State was the first of the season. Truman took the early lead, scoring in the fifth minute. The Bears struggled to find an offensive rhythm, taking just two shots on goal and failing to score for the first time in 2007.