CWRU Women’s Soccer Plays to Scoreless Double-OT Tie with #16 NYU

CWRU Women’s Soccer Plays to Scoreless Double-OT Tie with #16 NYU

The Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team opened conference play on Saturday afternoon by battling 16th-ranked New York University to a double-overtime scoreless tie at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the tie, the Spartans moved to 4-3-3 overall, including a 0-0-1 mark in the University Athletic Association, while NYU now stands at 6-1-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the conference.

The shutout was the second this season by the Spartans' defense, as the backline held the Violets to just five shots on goal, and 13 total shots during the game.  It was also the second shutout of the year for Case Western Reserve junior goalkeeper Sarah Newcomb, who made five saves during the contest to lower her season goals-against average to 0.94.

After the Spartans held a 3-2 edge in shots during the first half, one of the best chances of the day for the CWRU came early in the second half, when senior forward Amy Lindberg was able to gain some space on a breakaway, launching a shot from the right side that went just wide of the net in the 63rd minute.  It was one of seven shots on the day for the Spartans, including one each on goal from freshman Kimberly Chen and senior Marley Praprost.

Newcomb would make two of her saves within a key stretch late in the second half to help preserve the tie.  In the 83rd minute, NYU's Isabelle Turner headed a ball directly in front of the net, forcing the Spartan's keeper to dive to her right, deflecting the shot wide of frame.  In the 87th minute, Newcomb was able to secure a hard shot from Olivia Braender-Carr.

The Spartans' backline held strong in overtime, withstanding five shots from the Violets to keep the contest scoreless through the two extra periods.

Case Western Reserve will back in action on Wednesday, October 5th, when the Spartans play host to Ohio Wesleyan University in a non-conference matchup at DiSanto Field.