Sports update Sept. 24: Football picks up first win of season​

The football team defeated Kenyon College 28-23 Sept. 23 to pick up its first win of the season.

Sophomore Ryan Bednar’s 84-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter gave WUSTL the lead for good. Senior Dan Burkett finished the day 17-of-26 for 149 yards and two TDs and also picked up 59 yards on the yards on the ground on six carries. Senior Chris Castelluccio had up a season-high 99 yards on 27 carries, as WUSTL gained a season-high 161 yards on the ground. Senior wide receiver Drew Sexton had five catches for 82 yards and TD, while senior H-back Trevor LaBarge added five receptions for 41 yards.

Freshman linebacker Matt Goad made a career-high eight tackles to lead the defensive unit, while senior defensive lineman William Small made seven solo stops. Sophomore linebacker Fade Oluokun added five stops and two break-ups after missing last week’s game against Coe. WUSTL outgained Kenyon 344-285 and had a 32:50-27:10 advantage in time of possession.

WUSTL (1-3) plays its second road game of the season Saturday, Sept. 29, at DePauw University. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (ET) in Greencastle, Ind. The Tigers are off to an 0-3 start.

Women’s soccer improves to 7-1 with pair of road wins
The No. 12 women’s soccer team improved its overall record 7-1 with a pair of road victories at Illinois Wesleyan University (2-1) Sept. 20 and Rhodes College (3-0) Sept. 22.

Junior Jessica Johnson and sophomore Anna Zambricki scored in the win at Illinois Wesleyan. Concluding a five-game road trip on Saturday at Rhodes, junior Lauren Steimle, junior Kate Doyle and senior Nicole Martin scored for WUSTL. Senior goalkeeper Clara Jaques picked up the win in goal in both victories, and made a season-high eight saves at Illinois Wesleyan.

WUSTL plays its first home game in almost three weeks Tuesday, Sept. 25, against Principia College. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on Bear TV.

Women’s golf wins Millikin Fall Classic
The No. 5 women’s golf team shot a blistering 301 on day two to capture the 2012 Millikin University Fall Classic held Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 22-23, at the Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, Ill.

Sophomore Olivia Lugar (74), senior Hannah Buck (75), freshman Connie Zhou (75) and junior Andrea Hibbert (77) all broke 80 on the second day of competition. Senior Melanie Walsh rounded out the starting lineup with an 84. Lugar captured medalist honors for the second-straight year at the Millikin Fall Classic after defeating Gabbi Schuerman of host Millikin University in a one-hole playoff. Lugar finished the two-day event with a 149 (75-74) en route to her second title this season and sixth of her career.

WUSTL cruised to its second team title of the fall by 30 strokes after completing the event with a two-day score of 617 (316-301). No. 10 Illinois Wesleyan was second with a 647 (324-323), while Illinois Wesleyan JV (339-331, 670), NCAA Division II Truman State University (348-325, 673) and Carthage College (343-330, 673) rounded out the top five.

Zhou continued her consistent play in her rookie campaign by finishing a stroke behind Lugar and Schuerman to finish third with a 150 (75-75). Through her first six rounds in the fall, Zhou has a 78.3 average. Hibbert also had a top-five finish with a two-day total of 157 (80-77) to finish in a tie for fourth place. Buck found her groove on day two after an opening round 87 to finish tied for 10th with a 36-hole score of 162 (87-75). The top-10 finish for Buck was the 28th of her career. Walsh also had a nice tournament in her first start of the year, finishing 23rd with a 170 (86-84). Freshman Erin Lawrence (89-82, 171, T-24th place), junior Allyson Chee (86-88, 174, T-32nd place), and sophomore MacKenzie Findlay (89-94, 183, T-49th place) also competed as individuals for WUSTL.

WUSTL has a week off before returning to action on Sunday-Monday, Oct. 7-8, at the Birmingham Southern College Shootout at Highland Park Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Men’s soccer splits matches
The No. 9 men’s soccer team split a pair of matches last week, earning a 1-0 win at Greenville College, before suffering its first loss of the season, a 3-0 setback, to No.8 Wheaton College.

Freshman Ike Witte scored his first career goal in the 52nd minute to give WUSTL a 1-0 win at Greenville Tuesday, Sept. 18. On Friday, Wheaton scored twice in the first half and added a third goal in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over the Bears.

WUSTL (5-1-1) returns to action at Fontbonne University Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Bears and Griffins are set to square off at 7 p.m. at Gay Field in Clayton, Mo.

WUSTL then travels to Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 30, to face Carnegie Mellon University in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener at 1:30 p.m. (ET).

Men’s tennis competes at USTA/ITA Central Regional
Senior Adam Putterman posted a pair of straight-set victories on Sunday to advance to the championship match in singles of the 2012 USTA/ITA Central Regional Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

Putterman, the top-seed in the 128-man draw, defeated No. 16 seed Eric Klawitter of Case Western Reserve University (6-0, 6-2) and No. 13 seed Kyle Gerber of Case Western Reserve (6-0, 6-2) to advance to Monday’s championship match.

Putterman will take on No. 2 seed Paul Burgin of Kenyon College on Monday at 9 a.m. (ET). Putterman defeated Burgin three times a year ago, all in straight sets. Putterman was one of four Bears who advanced to the round of 16 in singles: senior Kareem Farah, junior Tim Noack and senior Gary Parizher. Noack made an appearace in the quarterfinals as the No. 15 seed before falling to Wade Herboth of Kenyon, 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 7-5. Farah, the No. 21 seed, dropped his round of 16 match to Burgin, 6-2, 6-3, while Parizher, the No. 7 seed, was taken down by Gerber in the round of 16, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

WUSTL had four doubles teams reach the round of 16 and two in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Adam Putterman and sophomore Ross Putterman advanced to the quarterfinals before being upset by Heerboth and Robert Turlington of Kenyon, 8-6. Parizher and junior Jeffrey Hirsh made a run to the quarters as an un-seeded team before being defeated by third-seeded Samuel Geier and CJ Williams of Kenyon, 8-3.

In the B Singles Draw, junior Max Franklin and sophomore Eric Zishka advanced to the quarterfinals before dropping a match on Saturday. In the B doubles draw, junior Naveen Chadalavada and Zishka defeated Eric Bruynseels and Eric Vannatta of DePauw University, 8-5, in the championship match on Sunday. With the win, Chadalavada and Zishka gain an automatic bid to the main draw at the 2013 USTA/ITA Central Regional.