Football off to best start since 2001

The football team is 3-0 for the first time since 2001, thanks to a 30-27 victory at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. The Bears jumped out to a 21-0 second-quarter lead and forced four turnovers in the win against the school with the most victories in NCAA Division III history.

Senior quarterback Buck Smith finished 22-of-31 for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore Tom Gulyas had six receptions for a career-high 146 yards. Junior Tim Machan led the defense with a career-high 10 tackles and an interception, the eighth of his career.

The team has a week off before traveling to Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 4 to play Rhodes College.

Men’s soccer picks up pair of shutouts

The men’s soccer team (6-2) extended its winning streak to five games in picking up a pair of 3-0 victories last week, the first at Fontbonne University Sept. 18, then at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., Sept. 21.

The winning streak is the team’s longest since 2000. Junior John Hengel scored the game-winning goal in both contests, increasing his team-leading scoring total to five goals. Sophomore Harry Beddo provided the insurance goals against Fontbonne, netting two scores, while senior Pierre Hoppenot scored his first two goals of the year in the win over Illinois Wesleyan.

The Bears have not allowed a goal in five games, the longest shutout streak since 2006. WUSTL will seek to extend its winning streak Friday, Sept. 26, in Kirksville Mo., against Division II Truman State University.

Women’s soccer on winning streak

The women’s soccer team (6-1-1) extended its winning streak to four games with a 4-0 victory over Maryville University Sept. 18 at home and a 2-1 win at Illinois Wesleyan University Sept. 21.

Junior Elyse Hanly had two goals in the victory over Maryville, while junior Becca Heymann and freshman Lee Ann Felder each scored one.

The Bears got goals from freshman Emma Brown and senior Kristen Hilligoss in the victory over Illinois Wesleyan, while senior Amanda Boe made a career-high eight saves.

WUSTL has nine days off before their next game Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Division II University of Missouri-Rolla.