Sports update Aug. 27: Football hosts #1 Wisconsin-Whitewater in season opener Friday

The football team opens its 116th season of college football Friday, Aug. 31, at home against No. 1-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at Francis Field.

Head coach Larry Kindbom returns 10 starters (Offense-5; Defense-4; Special Teams-1) from last year’s squad, which finished with a 6-4 overall record and a 2-1 mark in University Athletic Association (UAA) play.

UW-Whitewater enters Friday’s contest against WUSTL riding a 45-game winning streak, the longest active streak in college football – on any level – and the fourth-longest win streak in the history of NCAA football. The three-time defending NCAA Division III national champions have not lost since a 31-26 loss to University of Mount Union on Dec. 20, 2008, in the Stagg Bowl.

UW-Whitewater went 15-0 a season ago, winning a seventh-consecutive WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) title, and advanced to the national championship game for the seventh year in a row.

The game will be streamed live on Bears TV at:

Volleyball opens season with 10-match homestand
The No. 2-ranked volleyball team is set to play six matches at home this weekend to open the 2012 season. The Bears host Fontbonne University and William Woods University in a dual-match season opener on Friday, Aug. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. in the WUSTL Field House.

WUSTL is then set to host Cornell College, DePauw University, Dominican University and Eureka College for the five-team Labor Day Classic Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2.

WUSTL finished the 2011 season with a 34-2 record, and return four All-America honorees from last year’s team. This weekend’s matches are the first of 10-straight home matches for the Bears to start the season.

All of WUSTL’s matches at the Field House will be streamed live on Bears TV at

Women’s soccer begins 2012 season at home
The No. 9-ranked women’s soccer team kicks off the 2012 season with a pair of home games at Francis Field this weekend.

WUSTL takes on Alma College Friday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m., followed by a noon kickoff Sunday, Sept. 2, against Whitman College.

Fifth-year head coach Jim Conlon returns eight starters and 22 letterwinners from last year’s team, which set a school record with an 18-5 overall mark and advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals.

Both games will be streamed live on Bears TV at:

Cross country hosts Greenville, Early Bird Invitational to open season
The No. 4-ranked men’s and women’s cross country teams kick off their 2012 seasons by hosting a pair of home meets on Friday and Saturday. The Bears will host Greenville College in a dual meet beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 at Forest Park.

WUSTL is also set to host the Early Bird Invitational over the weekend. That meet begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 in Forest Park.

The Bears are coming off the most successful cross country seasons in school history in 2011 as the women’s team claimed the NCAA Division III National Championship and the men’s team finished third at the national meet.

Men’s soccer travels to Alabama to begin 2012 season
The No. 21-ranked men’s soccer team is set to open its season with a two-match roadtrip to Alabama.

The Bears travel to Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., for their season-opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. WUSTL then takes on Sewanee University in a noon match Sunday, Sept. 2 in Birmingham.

The Bears return four all-University Athletic Association (UAA) honorees and three all-Central Region performers from last year’s squad that finished with a 15-4-1 record, and advanced to the NCAA Second Round before falling, 1-0, to the eventual national champion.

Women’s golf begins fall season in Wisconsin
The women’s golf team begins its fifth year as a varsity program at the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invitational Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2, in Eau Claire, Wis. Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. on both days.

WUSTL returns five letterwinners from a year ago, including National Golf Coaches Association National Player of the Year and National Rookie of the Year in sophomore Olivia Lugar. Senior Hannah Buck also returns for her final season with the Red and Green as the only three-time All-America selection in school history.