The Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team continued their hot start to the season on Sept. 10, defeating Allegheny College 3-1 at home. The win brought the Spartans to a sterling 3-0-1 record on the season as conference play approaches. In their fifth game of the season, the Spartans suffered their first loss, falling at the hands of Baldwin Wallace University 2-1.
The Spartans fell behind early in the 36th minute of their contest against Allegheny off of a free kick from the Gators. That free kick was set up by a handball off of the Spartans. CWRU could not score a goal for the rest of the half and went into halftime down 1-0. This is despite holding the advantage in shots, nine to five, as well as holding a four to two advantage in corner kicks.
In the second half of the contest, the Spartans took over.
Fourth-year forward Amy Lindberg carried the Spartans’ offense with two goals in the second half. Lindbergh had nine shots in the game herself.
Just three minutes and 16 seconds into the second half, second-year midfielder and forward Melanie Kukura tied the game for the Spartans by sending a shot to the far corner of the net. In the 61st minute, Lindberg scored the first of her two goals via an open net after maneuvering around the Gator goalie. Lindberg’s second goal was icing on the cake as she scored with only five seconds left in the contest. The forward now has four goals in only four games this season, already a career high.
In the contest against Baldwin Wallace, the two teams were scoreless in the first half. While the teams combined for 15 shots on goal, none found the back of the net. The Spartans had four fouls in a chippy first half and neither team had an opportunity for a corner kick.
The second half saw more scoring for both teams. Spartan first-year forward Kimberly Chen found the back of the net for the first goal of the game just under two minutes into the half.
After Chen’s goal, however, it was all Stingers. The Spartans were unable to get anything going as Baldwin Wallace tied the game in the 77th minute off of a penalty kick. Just two minutes later, Baldwin Wallace took the lead, on what would prove to be the game winning goal.
The Spartans travel to Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Sept. 17th for a 4 p.m. match.