The Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team allowed two early goals in the first half to New York University that turned out to be the difference as NYU sent the Spartans to a 2-0 setback in the home-opener of University Athletic Association play at DiSanto Field on Saturday afternoon.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 6-5-0 overall and 0-2-0 in UAA play, while the Violets improved to 6-4-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play.
New York began the scoring in the 10th minute when junior Isabelle Turner scored off an assist from sophomore Julia Raith. Tuner added to the Violets just over three minutes later when she gathered a loose ball in the box and scored her second goal of the game at the 13:41 mark. The two goals increased her season total to six on the campaign.
CWRU battled with NYU throughout the remainder of the first half and into the second, but was unable to get on the board.
The Spartans best opportunity came late in the second half when senior Angelina Batty launched a shot from approximately 25 yards outs that hit the crossbar.
NYU finished the game with an edge in total shots, 15-9, and in shots on goal, 10-3. Senior midfielder Emily Dickens led all Spartans in the game with four shots, a pair of which were on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Metz played all 90 minutes, making eight saves in the loss, dropping to 6-5-0 on the year. Meghan Marhan earned the shutout win for NYU, improving to 4-1-1 on the campaign.
Case Western Reserve will return to action next weekend as they continue UAA play with home matches on Friday, October 12th against first-ranked Washington (Mo.) University at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday afternoon game at 1:30 p.m. against the 18th-ranked University of Chicago.