Spartans Women’s Soccer Battles #8 Thomas More to Scoreless Tie

Amy Lindberg (photo by Ryan Baker)
Amy Lindberg (photo by Ryan Baker)

The Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team battled eighth-ranked Thomas More College to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in a defensive showdown at DiSanto Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Spartans, now 1-0-1 on the year, are yet to yield goal to the opposition through 200 minutes of gameplay this year.  CWRU finished with a 4-2 edge in shots on goal over the Saints (1-0-1), despite trailing Thomas More 9-8 in total shots during the contest.

Case Western Reserve had an early opportunity to score, when senior Makenzie Best launched a shot on goal in the first minute of play, but a Saints' defender was able to clear the ball off the line to prevent the quick goal.  The Spartans finished the first half with a 4-2 edge in shots.

CWRU had another pair of opportunities to break through in the second half.  With 29:04 left to play, sophomore Elle Zadina put a shot into the back of the net off a corner kick, but the play was called back by a foul.  With 21:06 left, a free kick by junior Marley Praprost from approximately 40-yards out hit off the crossbar, and the shot off the rebound by junior Alexa Williams was saved by Thomas More keeper Megan Barton.

Each team had one off-target shot in overtime, but neither was able to net the difference maker.

Dating back to last season, the Spartans defense has now recorded 207 minutes and 50 seconds of shutout play.  Senior goalkeeper Megan Romelfanger made a pair of saves during the game, en route to her second-straight individual shutout.

Best led the Spartans with three total shots during the game, including one on goal, while Williams had two shots on goal, leading all players on Sunday.

Next up for the Spartans will be a three-game road swing, starting with a matchup against Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio on Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m.