Crooks Sets CWRU Win Record as Spartans Top Oberlin in Opener

Crooks Sets CWRU Win Record as Spartans Top Oberlin in Opener

Case Western Reserve University senior forward Amy Lindberg converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute of play during the Spartans' season-opening game on Thursday evening at Oberlin College to lift CWRU to a 1-0 win, and give Head Coach Tiffany Crooks her program-record setting 77th career victory.

Crooks, who entered the year tied with Kim Shaw for career victories, improved to 77-69-21 during her 10 seasons with the team.  Her career .524 winning percentage is the best among the program's five coaches.

After a scoreless first half, a penalty with just under 30 minutes left in the game gave the Spartans an opportunity for a penalty kick.  Lindberg would step up, knocking a shot past the Oberlin keeper and into the back of the net, for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

The Spartans defense, which did not allow a shot in the second half, would hold on for the shutout and the season-opening win.

The game was played tight throughout with Oberlin finishing the game with a slight edge in shots, 7-6.  However, CWRU junior goalkeeper Sarah Newcomb turned away both of the Yeowomen's chances on goal, earning her first career shutout.

Lindberg finished the game with a team-best two shots, including the one on goal, while senior Pauline Van Dijck added a shot on goal as well.

The win marked the sixth-straight season that the Spartans have opened their campaign with a win.

The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, when the team heads to Hiram College for a 1:30 p.m. matchup with the Terriers.