Hickson’s Goal Not Enough in Spartans Season Final Loss at Carnegie Mellon

Hickson’s Goal Not Enough in Spartans Season Final Loss at Carnegie Mellon

Case Western Reserve University freshman forward Christina Hickson scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough for the Spartans, who suffered a 2-1 setback in their 2018 season finale at Carnegie Mellon University.

Hickson's goal evened the score at 1-1 in the 63rd minute, after the Spartans had trailed for the majority of the match, following Kaily Bruch's fifth goal of the season in the 10th minute of play.  Senior Melanie Kukura created the scoring opportunity for the Spartans by sending a long pass up the field that Hickson was able to run onto just outside the 18-yard box.  Hickson would dribble into the box towards the end line, before launching a low shot between the defender and the oncoming keeper, tucking it inside the far post for the score.

Hickson's eight goals this season are tied for the 10th-most by a CWRU player in a single season, and she finished the year leading all Spartan players with 17 points.

However, Carnegie Mellon was able to answer back shortly after Hickson's strike, as Tara Durstewitz struck for what would prove to be the game winner in the 68th minute of play.

The Spartans outshot the Tartans 12-10 in the loss, including an 8-4 edge in the second half of the game.

The Spartans ended the 2018 campaign with a 7-10-0 overall record, including a 0-7-0 mark in the University Athletic Association.  Carnegie Mellon improved to 8-8-1 with a 1-6-0 UAA ledger with Saturday's win.