Spartan women’s soccer battles to draw in weekend game


Isaiah A

CWRU defender Elle Zadina fights for possession against a Thomas More forward. The Spartans battled the #8 Saints to a scoreless draw this weekend.

The Case Western Reserve University’s women’s soccer team took on Thomas More College’s women’s soccer team in a neck-and-neck battle that ended in a dramatic double-overtime tie. Senior Makenzie Best led the Spartans with three shots during the game, but could not come up with any scores. Junior Alexa Williams led the Spartans for shots on goal with two, but was also unable to find the back of the net. The Spartans’ goalkeeper, senior Megan Romelfanger, completed her second consecutive individual shutout.

This was the Spartan team’s second game of the season. In both games, the Spartans have not allowed for any goals to be scored. The Spartans’ only goal of the season so far was scored in the first game against Oberlin’s team by Emily Dickens.

The game against against Thomas More’s Saints started with a lot of promise. Within the first minute of play, Best got off a promising shot on goal. Killing the Spartan momentum, a defender from the Saints deflected the ball before it even got to the keeper. No other shots during the first half had very much promise, leading to the Spartans having four shots and the Saints having two at the end of the half, tied at nil-nil.

The second half started off slow. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes into the second half that a good shot was made. In fact, it was the best shot of the game. The ball touched the back of the Saints’ net after a kick from Spartan sophomore Elle Zadina. However, due to a foul called during the play, this otherwise tie-breaking shot was voided and the game remained a stalemate.

Less than 10 minutes later the Spartans were given another great chance to break the tie. Junior Marley Praprost came up for a free kick. Praprost was roughly 40 yards out from the goal. Her foot collided with the ball and sent it sailing straight towards the goal—only to hit the crossbar. By what seemed like a miracle, Williams rebounded the ball and got off a quick shot on goal. However, using her quick reflexes and athletic ability, the Saints’ goalkeeper, Megan Barton, kept the ball from scoring a goal against her team.

During the two overtime sessions that followed, neither team was able to get off a good shot as both defenses played seemingly as if their lives depended on it, and it didn’t help that the offenses were already exhausted from a long, grinding regular time in the game. The contest ended in a draw that was deflating for both teams.

The Spartans kept their winning streak alive with a victory over Ohio Wesleyan University, when the offense exploded for five goals in the 5-0 victory. Look for a full game recap online at

Since last season, the Spartan women’s soccer team hasn’t allowed the opponent to score in 300 game minutes, and looks forward to keeping that clock ticking as they go on the road to play Wittenberg University at 1 p.m on Saturday afternoon.