Sabers and Levey Strike Early in the Second, Spartan Women Win 4-0 in Make-Up Match at Oberlin

(L-R): Jessie Sabers and Leah Levey
(L-R): Jessie Sabers and Leah Levey

OBERLIN, Ohio – Early second-half goals by junior forward Jessie Sabers (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) and senior forward/captain Leah Levey (Columbus, Ohio/Bexley) led the way as the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team defeated Oberlin College, 4-0, on Tuesday evening at Fred Schults Field.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-5 heading into a three-match conference road trip. The Yeowomen fall to 4-7 with the loss.

The match was a make-up after an initial meeting on September 12 was called in the 59th minute due to lightning. The Spartans led that match 4-1 behind three goals and an assist from Levey.

In tonight's rematch, the Spartans dominated from start to finish beginning with an 11-0 advantage in shots in the opening 45. However, seven saves by Oberlin goalkeeper Kate Frost kept the score at 0-0 headed into halftime.   

Undaunted, Case came out firing in the second half and finally broke through at 49:58 when Sabers grabbed a misplayed ball and tapped home her fifth goal of the season . Less than five minutes later, Sabers sent a one-touch pass to Levey, who struck for her first goal of the night.

Sophomore midfielder Kate Dolansky (Brecksville, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) added another goal following a failed clear attempt at 70:53, and Levey scored once more for good measure at 78:31 with an assist to sophomore midfielder Rachel Hammond (Warsaw, Ohio/River View).

Overall, the Spartans held Oberlin without a shot until the 78th minute and finished with a 22-1 advantage for the match. Case also led in corner kicks, 9-0.

In goal, junior Abbey Smith (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) picked up the easy shutout for her seventh victory. Frost was fired on all evening and ended up making 12 stops for the hosts.

The Spartans (0-1 UAA) return to University Athletic Association play this Saturday, October 12 in a 1:30 p.m. match at New York University. Overall, the team plays its next three on the road in New York City, St. Louis and Chicago before returning home to close out the year with four straight at Case Field.