Washburn’s Overtime Goal Powers #16 Spartans over Chatham 2-1

Washburn’s Overtime Goal Powers #16 Spartans over Chatham 2-1

Playing In their second consecutive double-overtime match on Tuesday night, the 16th-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team prevailed over Chatham University 2-1 in a non-conference match in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the victory, the Spartans (10-1-0, 0-1-0 University Athletic Association) ensured both their first winning and double-digit win season since 2011. The Cougars drop to 4-4-3 with the loss and remain 1-0-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Sophomore Anika Washburn scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 107th minute, moments after the Spartans earned a hard foul inside the box. 

CWRU scored first in the 31st minute to open a 1-0 lead. Freshman Merry Meyer found some room on the side of the box and crossed the ball toward the center. It went past the Cougars' goalkeeper and arrived at the feet of freshman Johanna Dunkers, who shot the ball into the back of the net to put the Spartans ahead. It was Dunkers' fifth goal and Meyer's fifth assist of the season.

After neither team could score for the rest of the first half, the Cougars tied the match in the 61st minute on a goal from sophomore Morgan Anderson. Following a corner kick and a shot that ricocheted off the cross bar, Anderson struck a solid shot to tie the match at 1. It was Anderson's fifth goal of the season.

Case Western Reserve kept the ball on the Chatham side of the field throughout the match. The Spartans outshot the Cougars 32-10, including a 6-0 advantage in extra time. Of those 32 shots, 21 were on goal. CWRU also earned 11 corner kicks to the Cougars' one.

Dunkers led the Spartans with seven shots, while Meyer led the team with six shots on goal on just six shots. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Unterborn earned seven saves and picked up her ninth win of the season. 

The Spartans resume conference play when the team hosts Brandeis University (8-3-0, 0-1-0 UAA) on Saturday, October 12 at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. The match will kick off at 11 a.m.