The 13th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team defeated Ohio Northern University 3-1 on Friday night at DiSanto Field. The win extends the Spartans' winning streak to seven to open the season, improving their record to 7-0-0. The Polar Bears drop to 4-2-2 with the loss.
The winning streak is the longest for the Spartans to open a season since 2002 when the team won its first eight matches.
After a goalless first half, senior Kimberly Chen finally pushed the Spartans ahead in the 58th minute. She collected a deflected ball from freshman Laura Gorjanc following a corner kick and lofted it over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. It was Chen's fourth goal of the season and Gorjanc's first assist of the season.
The Spartans doubled their advantage in the 71st minute. Sophomore Anika Washburn took a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Her shot was saved, but sophomore Kat Rebele was there to head the ball toward the goal and hit the crossbar. Freshman Maia Sethi collected the rebound and scored her second goal of the season. Washburn earned her fourth assist and Rebele earned her first.
With a laser shot of her own, freshman Merry Meyer added to the Case Western Reserve tally, increasing the lead to 3-0 in the 77th minute. She took a shot from 25 yards out and nailed the top left corner of the goal to score her first collegiate goal.
The Polar Bears added their lone goal in the 90th minute on a penalty kick from senior Rose Nienaber.
Case Western Reserve outshot Ohio Northern 14-10, with a 6-4 advantage in both shots on goal and corner kicks.
The Spartans will look to remain unbeaten when they welcome Kenyon College (2-4) to DiSanto Field on Wednesday, September 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.