Washburn’s Two Goals Lead Women’s Soccer to Upset Over #17 Rochester

Washburn’s Two Goals Lead Women’s Soccer to Upset Over #17 Rochester

Powered by two goals from sophomore midfielder Anika Washburn, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team upset #17 University of Rochester 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at DiSanto Field. With the win, the Spartans improve to 1-3-0 in the University Athletic Association and 11-3-0 overall. The Yellowjackets fall to 8-4-1 with the loss and 0-3-1 in the UAA.

Washburn scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of the match to put the Spartans up 2-0 early. She first found the back of the net in the 13th minute. First-year midfielder Merry Meyer found Washburn at the top of the box. She then beat two defenders and fired a shot into the bottom corner for the goal. It was Meyer's team-leading sixth assist of the season.

Just two minutes later, Washburn connected on a penalty kick following a handball in the box. The two goals give Washburn 11 for the season, tying her for second in program history for goals in a season.

The Yellowjackets cut the lead in half on a goal from senior forward Jamison Seabury in the 19th minute, her first of the season. Sophomore forward Carolyn Richards had the assist on the goal.

Senior forward Kimberly Chen nearly gave the Spartans a two-goal advantage in the 36th minute. She took a shot along the goal line that the Rochester goalkeeper tipped into goal post and saved before it crossed over the line.

Neither team scored in the second half as Case Western Reserve held on for the victory. The Spartans outshot the Yellowjackets 19-6 in the contest, with a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal.

Chen led the team with four shots, and Washburn and first-year midfielder Aniya Hartzler each had two shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Unterborn earned the win, her tenth of the season.  

The Spartans will take a week off from UAA play and host Ohio Wesleyan University (7-8-0) on Saturday, October 26 in their final non-conference match of the season. Kickoff from DiSanto Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.