Freshman Emily Dickens' first collegiate goal broke a scoreless tie in the second half to give Case Western Reserve University a 1-0 win over Oberlin College in the teams' opening game of the 2015 campaign at DiSanto Field on Tuesday night.
The Spartans controlled possession throughout much of the contest, finishing with a 13-3 advantage in total shots, including a 6-1 edge in shots on goal.
The Spartans' defense picked up where it left off in 2014, holding the Yeowomen without a shot during the first half. Meanwhile, despite not finding the back of the net, CWRU registered six shots during the first 45 minutes of play, forcing Oberlin keeper Jordyn Morris to make three saves during the frame.
The Spartans would break through in the 56th-minute on the Dickens' first career goal. The freshman took a shot from the left side of the field and on the edge of 18-yard box that deflected off a defender and found the back of the net to give CWRU a 1-0 advantage.
The Spartans' defense remained strong the rest of the game, limiting the Yeowomen's chances in the waning minutes to hold on for the shutout.
CWRU senior Megan Romelfanger played the entirety of the game in goal, recording the individual clean sheet.
The Spartans improved to 1-0-0 on the year with the win, while Oberlin dropped to 0-1-0 following the setback.
The Spartans will return to action on Sunday, September 6th facing an early-season test against eighth-ranked Thomas More College. The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start at DiSanto Field.