Spartans Score Three in Second Half to Top Allegheny 3-1

Spartans Score Three in Second Half to Top Allegheny 3-1

The Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team exploded for three goals in the second half, including a pair from senior forward Amy Lindberg, to overcome a first half deficit and top the Allegheny College Gators 3-1 at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans remained unbeaten on the year with the victory, improving to 3-0-1 overall, including a 2-0-0 mark in home games.  Allegheny dropped to 0-2-1 with the loss.

Lindberg paced the Spartans offensively throughout the contest, taking a game-high seven shots, including four on goal, and registering the first multiple-goal game of her career.  It also marked the first time a CWRU player has scored two or more goals in a game since October 17, 2014, when former Spartan Jessica Sabers tallied a pair in a 2-1 overtime win over Washington University (Mo.).

Despite some early opportunities, the Spartans fell behind in the 36th minute of the match, when a handball was called just outside the box, setting up a free kick for the Gators in the middle of the field and 22-yards out from goal.  Allegheny freshman Kayla Redner would convert the kick, sending a ball past the wall and into the upper-right corner of the net for her first collegiate goal.  Despite holding a 9-5 edge in shots on goal over the first 45 minutes, the Spartans would head into the break trailing 1-0.

The second half, however, would belong to the Spartans, as the squad went on to score three unanswered goals during the period.  Just over three minutes into the frame, sophomore Melanie Kukura would go on a long run down the middle of the field, before striking the ball from 22-yards out and slightly left of center, sending it into the far corner of the net for her second goal in as many games.

The score remained knotted at a goal apiece until the 61st minute, when Lindberg scored her first of two goals on the day.  Junior Elle Zadina sent a ball forward to Lindberg, leading her on a breakaway down the middle of the field.  Lindberg was able to sidestep the keeper and finish into the open net for her third goal of the year.

With time ticking down in the contest, Lindberg added her second goal of the game, scoring with just five seconds left in the period.  This time, freshman Kimberly Chen sprung her senior teammate with a pass behind the defense, giving Lindberg another one-on-one opportunity that she was able to take advantage of.

Lindberg has now scored a career-high four goals through as many games this season, tied for the second-most in the conference as of the end of Saturday's game.  Her two game-winning goals this season also rank second among all UAA competitors.

The Spartans outshot the Gators 19-11 during the contest, including a 10-6 edge in shots on goal.  Junior keeper Sarah Newcomb went the distance in the contest, collecting a career-high five saves, and improving to 3-0-1 on the year with a 0.71 goals-against average.

The Spartans will look to remain undefeated, when they wrap-up a season-long three-match home stand on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 p.m. against Baldwin Wallace University.