Football improves record to 3-1

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The football team rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to post a 16-13 upset victory at No. 14 North Central College Sept. 22 in Naperville, Ill.

Trailing 13-9 with 2:36 remaining in the game, freshman Dan Mulholland intercepted North Central quarterback Kyle Kniss and scampered all the way down to the Cardinals’ 14-yard line. After three incompletions, junior Buck Smith connected with senior Joe Lubelski for a 14-yard touchdown pass as the Bears took their first lead of the game. Smith finished 30-of-52 for 268 yards and one touchdown, as WUSTL posted its first victory in four tries against the Cardinals. Lubelski had a career-high nine receptions for 70 yards and his first touchdown catch since his freshman season. The Bears’ defense allowed 229 yards of total offense, including 79 on the ground.

Women’s soccer extends streak

Sophomore Becca Heymann ended a scoreless tie with a goal in the 62nd minute as the No. 10 women’s soccer team extended its regular season winning streak to 22 games with a 1-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University Sept. 23 at Francis Field.

Junior fullback Kristin Modzelewski gets in on the action in the Bears’ victory against Illinois Wesleyan University Sept. 23.

WUSTL has not lost a regular season contest since a 1-0 overtime defeat at Illinois Wesleyan Sept. 10, 2006. Heymann, who scored her eighth career goal, knocked in a rebound after sophomore Therese Fox’s shot was deflected by IWU goalkeeper Alli Novak. Senior goalkeeper Carrie Sear picked up her 11th career shutout.

Good start for women’s tennis

The women’s tennis team defeated Lindenwood University, 8-1, Sept. 18, and competed in the ITA Central Regional Championships from Sept. 21-23.

Against Lindenwood, the team’s only dual match of the fall, the Bears swept the three doubles matches and took five of the six singles points. At the ITA Regionals, two individuals advanced to the tournament quarterfinals before bowing out, freshman Karina Kocemba and junior Erin Swaller. As a team, the Bears had five of their eight competitors in singles competition advance to the round of 32.

Men’s soccer improves to 6-2

The No. 13 men’s soccer team beat Illinois Wesleyan, 3-0, Sept. 23. The Bears had three different players record a goal in the win. Sophomore John Hengel scored the game winner, taking a pass from senior Elie Zenner in the 15th minute that he converted to a 1-0 WUSTL lead. Hengel assisted sophomore Ryan Grandin on a goal in the 57th minute, and Zenner scored his first goal of the season with just 5:55 remaining in the game. Sophomore John Smelcer started in goal and earned the shutout, his fourth of the year.

Men’s tennis opens with win over UMSL

The men’s tennis team opened the 2007-08 season with a 7-2 victory over Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis Sept. 20 at the Tao Tennis Center. The Bears have now won 12 straight matches at home, and 29 of their last 30. WUSTL has a 54-6 (.900) overall record at home in seven seasons under head coach Roger Follmer.

Volleyball team takes it out on Fontbonne

The No. 7 volleyball team returned to its winning ways, defeating Fontbonne University, 3-0, Sept. 18. The Bears were led offensively by junior Nikki Morrison, who tallied a team-high 11 kills, hitting .321. Junior setter Audra Janak paced the offense with a team-best 22 kills, and both senior Haleigh Spencer and junior Alli Alberts numbered double-digit digs, totaling 21 and 19 respectively.