Strong Second Half Lifts CWRU Women’s Soccer over Kenyon

Strong Second Half Lifts CWRU Women’s Soccer over Kenyon

Case Western Reserve University sophomore Elle Zadina and senior Makenzie Best each registered second-half goals on Tuesday afternoon to lift the Spartans to a 2-0 win at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

The win was the second-straight for the Spartans and their fourth in their last five matches, as the squad improved to 6-1-2 overall in 2015.  Kenyon, which advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament, dropped to 7-4 with the loss.

Tuesday's matchup featured a pair of teams that appeared in this week's NSCAA Great Lakes Region rankings, with CWRU checking in at fourth, and the Ladies at seventh.

Both of the teams had their share of scoring opportunities in the first half, but neither was able to connect for the first score of the game.  The Spartans finished the first 45 minutes with five shots, including a pair on goal, while the Ladies took seven shots, with four on frame.  Spartans' senior goalkeeper Megan Romelfanger turned away all four shots on target in the first half, with the four saves exceeding her season-high entering play.

After the scoreless first half, CWRU wasted little time taking the lead in the second.  Just 30 seconds into the frame, Zadina struck for the goal, scoring off an assist from Rachel Hammond for her first goal of the season, and giving the Spartans the 1-0 advantage.  Zadina was able to collect a loose ball in front of the net, and fire it past the Kenyon keeper for the goal.

CWRU remained up a goal until Best extended the lead with her team-best fourth goal of the campaign in the 73rd minute of action.  Pauline Van Dijck earned the assist on the play.

Sophomore keeper Sarah Newcomb played the entirety of the second half for the Spartans, making another four saves to preserve the lead, extending her personal shutout streak to 199 minutes and 31 seconds to begin her collegiate career.

Due to heavy rain, the match was stopped with 3:20 left to play, giving the Spartans a weather-shortened victory.

Case Western Reserve outshot Kenyon 9-8 in the second half, including a 6-3 edge in shots on goal, en route to the win.  Best led all CWRU players with six shots, including four on goal, both season-highs by a Spartan.

CWRU will now turn its attention to University Athletic Association play.  The Spartans will kick off their conference schedule this Saturday, October 3rd at New York University at 11:00 a.m.