Spartans' NCAA Tournament Run Ends with Tough 1-0 Loss Versus SUNY-Cortland

The Spartans' magical run of 2011 comes to an end.
The Spartans' magical run of 2011 comes to an end.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The No. 19 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team saw its record-breaking season come to an end on Sunday afternoon as it fell 1-0 to State University of New York-Cortland in Round Two of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament at Case Field. The Spartans, competing in national tournament for the first time in program history, conclude the season with a 13-4-3 overall record.

The Spartans' 13 wins and 11 shutouts this season are each school records. The Red Dragons (13-5-3) advance to the "Sweet 16."

After a scoreless first half, SUNY-Cortland broke through in the 68th minute when Caitlin Guerra collected the ball during a scramble in front of the net and knocked it past Spartan senior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township). Kelly Wanser was credited with the assist on the score.

The Spartans best chance came with 5:37 left in regulation. Junior forward Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) laced a shot from 15 yards out, but Red Dragon keeper Pam Monnier dove to her right and got a hand on the ball, knocking it off the post and eventually out of bounds.

Kennedy was credited with five saves, while Monnier recorded eight stops.

For the match, Case Western Reserve held a 16-7 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. 

In addition to the school record for wins and shutouts, the Spartans' season was highlighted by the first national ranking in program history.