Sports update Sept. 12: Women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s soccer and football all undefeated

The No. 16 women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to five games with a pair of wins over DePauw University (3-2) and Rhodes College (1-0) at the Washington University Classic Sept. 10 and 11 at Francis Field.

The Bears erased a 2-0 halftime deficit with three goals in the second half against DePauw. Senior Emma Brown scored the first two goals, and then junior Lauren Clatch netted the game-winner in the 75th minute.

In the victory against Rhodes, senior Mari Greenberg came off the bench and scored the game-winner in the 38th minute. WUSTL outshot Rhodes 25-1 for the contest, and had a 6-1 advantage in corner kick. Junior goalkeeper Clara Jaques picked up the win in goal while posting the 14th shutout of her career. Jaques also upped her career win total to 31, five shy of the WUSTL all-time record.

The Bears, who have started the season 5-0 for the fifth time in school history, put their perfect record on the line Sept. 13 at Principia College in Elsah, Ill.

Football starts 2-0 with win over Rhodes

Senior wide receiver Easton Knott hauled in three catches for 62 yards and three touchdowns to lead the football team to a 48-21 victory over Rhodes College in the 2011 home opener Sept. 10.

Knott had a pair of touchdown receptions in the first quarter (37 yards, nine yards), and a 16-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter as WUSTL jumped out to a commanding 35-7 lead at halftime.

The Bears have now won seven-straight home games dating back to the 2009 season, and its 2-0 for the first time since 2008.

Junior quarterback Dan Burkett was 9-of-15 for 92 yards and two touchdowns, while junior quarterback Adam Banks connected on 7-of-10 passes for 96 yards and two TDs. Junior Chris Castelluccio led the rushing attack with 60 yards on 10 carries, while sophomore Nelson Nwumeh led the defensive unit with a career-high eight tackles.

WUSTL returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at home against No. 19 Wittenberg University. The game will be broadcast live on

Volleyball wins WU/Asics National Invitational

The second-ranked volleyball team improved to 10-0 on the year by picking up four wins at the WU/Asics National Invitational Sept. 9-10, at the Washington University Field House.

The tournament win included four victories over top-20 teams. The Bears swept Ohio Nothern University, No. 8 Carthage College, No. 20 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 6 Christopher Newport University.

Senior middle hitter Lauren Budde, junior libero Kelly Pang and junior outside hitter Drew Hargrave were each named to the all-tournament team for their roles in leading the Red and Green to a perfect weekend.

Budde paced the offense with 54 kills, an average of 4.5 per set, while hitting a team-high .441. She also notched 38 digs, six aces and five total blocks. Pang averaged 5.64 digs per set to finish the weekend with 62, including a season-high 30 in the win over Christopher Newport. She moved past Haleigh Spencer for ninth-place in school history with 1,407 digs in just two-plus seasons on the Danforth Campus. Hargrave had 40 kills, an average of 3.33 per set, and seemed to find a way to score whenever WUSTL needed a boost throughout the tournament, especially in the victory over Christopher Newport.

WUSTL (10-0) will hit the road for the first time this season Friday and Saturday, Sept 16 and 17, at the Molten Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Men’s soccer wins two on the road

The No. 7 men’s soccer team improved to 4-0 thanks to a 1-0 overtime win at Principia College Sept. 6 and a 3-0 victory at Rhodes College Sept. 10.

Senior Dylan Roman scored the game-winner in the 100th minute to lift the Bears past Principia. Senior Patrick McLean, Roman and sophomore Jack Fischer each scored as in the Rhodes victory later in the week. The Bears’ defense also shined against Rhodes, limiting the Lynx to just three shots, none of which were on net.

WUSTL has allowed just two goals so far this season. The Bears return to action at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, when it hosts Birmingham Southern College at Francis Field.