Spartan Women Win NCAA Tournament Debut versus Lebanon Valley, 3-0

Maeve Goede's goal in the 68th minute got the Spartans rolling en route to the 3-0 victory.
Maeve Goede's goal in the 68th minute got the Spartans rolling en route to the 3-0 victory.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Competing in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time in program history, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team earned a 3-0 victory versus Lebanon Valley College (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon at Case Field. The Spartans, hosts of rounds one and two, advance to play SUNY-Cortland tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

The Spartans improve to 13-3-3 for the season, setting school records for wins and shutouts. Lebanon Valley's season ends at 13-6-3.

After a scoreless first half, Case Western Reserve broke through in the 68th minute when junior defender Maeve Goede (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) collected the ball during a scramble in front of the net and knocked it past Flying Dutchmen goalkeeper Sami Young.

The Spartans added to their lead at 73:23 when junior midfielder Alyssa Lauzau (Pickerington, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) scored on a rebound following a shot from freshman midfielder Jessica Sabers (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome).

Freshman midfielder Christine Straka (Prospect Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) sealed the deal at 79:12 with a tapper following a double-cross from Sabers and Lauzau.

For the game, the Spartans outshot the Flying Dutchmen 15-12.

Senior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) totaled five saves in the win.

In Saturday's first match, SUNY-Cortland's Silke Ohrem scored the deciding kick to lead the Red Dragons past Eastern University (Pa.) by a count of 4-3 in eight penalty kick rounds. The two schools played to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes of regulation and overtime.