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September 24, 1998
Football Bears suffer first loss
After suffering its first loss of the 1998 season last week at Wabash College, Washington University's football team looks to rebound Saturday when the Bears (2-1) host Case Western Reserve University at Francis Field. Washington U.'s second-half magic ran out Saturday, Sept. 19, as the Bears could not rally for a second consecutive game and suffered a 22-20 non-conference loss at Wabash College. The Bears, who have outscored their foes by a 65-13 margin in the second half of games this season, saw their attempt at a game-winning drive foiled with a fumbled snap on a fourth-and-one play deep in their own territory with one minute, 59 seconds to play in the game. Sophomore quarterback Greg Lake came off the bench in the second quarter and almost rallied the Bears -- who trailed 16-0 in the second quarter and 16-6 at halftime -- from their second straight double-digit halftime deficit.
Women's soccer wins UAA opener
Washington University's third-ranked women's soccer team opened the University Athletic Association (UAA) season with a 2-0 win Sunday, Sept. 20, at Carnegie Mellon University. Senior forward Lori Thomas netted the game-winner and added an assist. Junior forward Rachel Sweeney also added a goal. Thomas and Sweeney have scored at least one goal each in the last four games and have each scored at least one goal 18 times during their 45-game career together. The Bears, now 5-1 on the year, posted their third-straight shutout and fourth of the season. The WU defense has allowed just two goals this season and only seven shots on goal in the last four games.
Men's soccer wins a pair
Washington University's men's soccer team, which recently fell from the national rankings, bounced back with a pair of victories last week. The Bears (4-2) blanked visiting Aurora University 2-0 Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Francis Field. Freshman Casey Lien netted the game-winner and junior goalkeeper Brian Ko and freshman Lee Devore combined on the shutout. Lien, who has scored three of the Bears' game-winning goals this season, scored twice as the Bears opened their UAA schedule Sunday with a 3-2 victory at Carnegie Mellon University.
Volleyball takes third title
The top-ranked volleyball Bears continued to roll in 1998, winning the Washington University Midwest Invitational and improving their record to 12-0 in the process. The Bears blanked Illinois Wesleyan University, Ohio Northern University and Maryville University, all by a 3-0 gap, before knocking off Elmhurst College, 3-1. A loss to Elmhurst in the first game of the match snapped the Bears school-record 33-game winning streak to start the season. Senior outside hitter Jenny Cafazza was named tournament MVP after hitting .444 with 44 kills and piling up 43 digs. She tied a career-high with 20 digs against Elmhurst. Senior setter Meg Vitter, senior middle blocker Jennifer Martz and sophomore middle blocker Katie Gielow also were named to the all-tournament team.
Cross country has solid showing
Washington's men's and women's cross country teams came away with solid results at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational Saturday, Sept. 19. The men finished seventh out of 36 teams and were led by junior Tim Julien's sixth-place showing. His time of 26 minutes, 23 seconds on the 8,000-meter course placed him sixth among the 420 runners. The women's team took fourth in a 38-team field. Senior Emily Richard was fourth in a field of 463 runners, covering the five-kilometer course in 18:28.0.
Compiled by Kevin Bergquist, director, sports information, and Keith Jenkins, asst. director, sports information. For up-to-date news about Washington University's athletics program, access the Bears' Web site at rescomp.wustl.edu/~athletics/.