Women’s Soccer Travels to Face Ranked Conference Opponents

Women’s Soccer Travels to Face Ranked Conference Opponents

After wrapping up non-conference play, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team hits the road for two tough matchups against ranked University Athletic Association foes. First, the team travels to Chicago, Illinois to take on the 12th-ranked University of Chicago on Friday, November 1st, with a kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Then, the Spartans head west to St. Louis, Missouri to face No. 3 Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, November 3rd at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Last Week's Results

Saturday, October 26th: CWRU 3, Ohio Wesleyan 1

Live Coverage

Fans can follow all of the action with live stats, with the links available both below and on the CWRU women's soccer schedule page.

Friday, November 1st: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2019-20/boxscores/20191101_9ljv.xml, while a video webcast is available at https://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/wsoc/live-video.

Sunday, November 3rd: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2019-20/boxscores/20191103_0o2a.xml, while a video webcast is available at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wustl/.

CWRU Spartans (12-3-0, 1-3-0 UAA)

With a 3-1 home victory over Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday night, the Spartans finished non-conference play with a perfect 11-0 record. First-year defender Laura Gorjanc scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Spartan attack. Scoring the two other goals were senior forward Kimberly Chen and first-year forward Aniya Hartzler

Sophomore midfielder Anika Washburn leads CWRU with 11 goals, just one shy of tying the single-season program record, and 27 points, just three away from tying the single-season program record. Washburn's six game-winning goals and 33 shots on goal have already set program records for a single season. Leading the team with seven assists is first-year midfielder Merry Meyer, while Chen and Washburn each have five assists. Senior Lauren Unterborn has spent the most time in goal for the Spartans, registering 43 saves in 11 starts. 

#12 University of Chicago Maroons (11-1-2, 3-0-1 UAA)

The Maroons sit second in the UAA standings with 10 points and have not lost a match since September 7. Last Thursday, Chicago defeated Illinois Tech 1-0 on the road.

Senior midfielder Hanna Watkins, senior forward Adrianna Vera, and junior forward Katie Jasminski combine to lead the Maroons' attack. Watkins and Vera each lead the team with eight goals, and Jasminski is just one behind them with seven. Watkins and senior defender Clare Suter are tied with a team-leading five assists. Chicago is second in the UAA in goals allowed, with opponents scoring just eight times this season and just once in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Miranda Malone has started 13 times and saved 41 shots. 

The Spartans and Maroons have faced off 32 times in a series that dates back to 1987 with the last Spartan win in 2011. Last season, Chicago defeated CWRU at DiSanto Field with current senior midfielder Jennifer Markley scoring the lone Spartan goal.

#3 Washington University in St. Louis Bears (13-1-1, 4-0-0 UAA)

The Bears, winners of 11 straight contests and 14 consecutive conference matches dating back to 2017, currently lead the UAA with 12 points. WashU plays host to #23 Carnegie Mellon University on Friday before the match against CWRU on Sunday. 

Junior goalkeeper Emma Greenfield anchors the Bears' defense that has allowed just six goals and pitched nine shutouts this season. She has allowed the fewest goals (5) and has the highest save percentage (.865) in the UAA. Offensively, WashU is second in the UAA in goals with 38. Senior forward Taylor Cohen leads the team with eight goals and six assists with junior forward Ellie DeConinck adding six assists.

This will be the 30th all-time meeting between the Spartans and the Bears, with Case Western Reserve's last win coming in 2014. Last season, CWRU fell 2-0 at home.

Around the Region

The NCAA released its first women's soccer regional rankings last Wednesday. CWRU is second in the Great Lakes Region behind Carnegie Mellon. In the Central Region, WashU is first and Chicago is third. The regional rankings, which the NCAA releases on three consecutive Wednesdays at the end of the regular season, are created by the same committee and using the same criteria that inform at-large selections to the championship tournament. The NCAA releases a final regional ranking when the playoff field is announced on Monday, November 11.

Spartan Notes

On the season, the Spartans have scored 42 goals and allowed just 13… The 42 goals are the most for a CWRU team since 1995…Lauren Unterborn is two wins away from tying the single-season program record and her 18 career wins are tied for second most in CWRU history… Among players with at least 10 shots, sophomore forward Ella Copich leads the team with a .800 shot on goal percentage…Merry Meyer leads the UAA in assists and Anika Washburn leads the UAA in points.