Spartans Suffer First Loss of Campaign; Fall to Buffalo St. 1-0

Spartans Suffer First Loss of Campaign; Fall to Buffalo St. 1-0

The Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team struggled to get on track early in its game on Tuesday night, and despite a late push for an equalizer, the Spartans fell to the Buffalo State Bengals 1-0 at DiSanto Field.

The loss was the first setback of the season for the Spartans, who dropped to 4-1-2 overall for the year, while Buffalo State raised its record to 4-3-0.

Buffalo State took the first half lead against the Spartans, scoring in the 23rd minute of action on Victoria Colotti's first goal of the season, off the first assist of the year for Melissa Smith.  The Bengals outshot the Spartans 6-2 during the first half of play.  It was just the second goal allowed this season by the CWRU defense.

Case Western Reserve came out as the aggressor in the second half, outshooting Buffalo State 14-5 during the frame.  The Spartans had a pair of chances late to even the score, but a turn-and-shoot opportunity for freshman Emily Dickens in front of the net was deflected away by the Bengals' keeper, and a shot in the box by senior captain Lauren Wichman following a free kick went just wide of frame.

The Spartans finished the game with a 16-11 advantage in total shots, including a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.  Juniors Amy Lindberg and Alexa Williams each had a team-high four shots.

Senior Megan Romelfanger and sophomore Sarah Newcomb each played a half in goal for the Spartans, converting one save apiece during the evening.

The Spartans will wrap-up their current three-game home stand on Sunday, September 27th against John Carroll University at 1:30 p.m. at DiSanto Field.