Behind a goal and an assist from first-year defender Laura Gorjanc, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team defeated Ohio Wesleyan University 3-1 on Saturday night at DiSanto Field.
With the win, the Spartans finish non-conference play with a perfect 11-0 record and now are 12-3-0 on the season. The Battling Bishops drop to 7-10-0 with the loss.
Gorjanc scored her second goal of the season to give the Spartans a 1-0 advantage in the 21st minute. She received a pass from sophomore midfielder Anika Washburn and took a shot from about 35 yards out that beat the OWU goalkeeper. For Washburn, it was her fifth assist of the season.
Just a few minutes into the second half, OWU junior forward Ashley Smiley tied the match at 1 with her 13th goal of the season. Junior midfielder Kortney McGinnis had the assist on the goal, her second of the season.
Senior forward Kimberly Chen gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute with her sixth goal of the season. She received a cross from Gorjanc, beat an OWU defender, and shot the ball past the goalkeeper into the back of the net. It was Gorjanc's second assist this season.
In the 73rd minute, the Spartans doubled their advantage with a goal from first-year forward Aniya Hartzler, her fifth of the season. First-year midfielder Merry Meyer found her wide open and running toward the goal. Hartzler used a move to beat the goalkeeper and put the shot away for the goal. Meyer earned her team-leading seventh assist of the season.
Case Western Reserve outshot Ohio Wesleyan 16-6 throughout the match with a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal. The Spartans earned four corners to the Battling Bishops' one
The Spartans resume UAA play and start a two-match road trip, first visiting the 13th-ranked University of Chicago on Friday, November 1, and then traveling to St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, November 3 to take on third-ranked Washington University in St. Louis. The team returns home on Saturday, November 9 to end the regular season with Senior Day against 24th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University.