Washburn’s Record-Setting Day Leads Women’s Soccer to Upset Over #12 Chicago

Washburn’s Record-Setting Day Leads Women’s Soccer to Upset Over #12 Chicago

On a cold Friday afternoon in Chicago, Illinois, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team upset No. 12 University of Chicago 2-0 in a University Athletic Association match. With the win, the Spartans improve to 13-3-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the UAA. With their first loss since September 7, the Maroons fall to 11-2-2 and 3-1-1 in the UAA. 

Scoring both of the CWRU goals in the match, sophomore midfielder Anika Washburn broke both the program single-season goals and points records. She has 13 goals and 31 points with two matches left in the regular season, beating the previous records of 12 and 30.

Washburn first put the Spartans on the board in the eighth minute, scoring on a cross from first-year midfielder Merry Meyer. Meyer dribbled down the left side of the field and crossed the ball into Washburn, who headed it past the goalkeeper for the goal. It was Meyer's team-leading eighth assist of the season.

The Maroons attempted to tie the score just a few minutes later, but senior goalkeeper Lauren Unterborn and the Spartans' defense held strong. At the end of the half, Chicago had two consecutive corner kicks and applied pressure, but again the CWRU defense kept the Maroons off the scoreboard.

In the 83rd minute, Washburn struck again for the record-setting goal to secure the win. First-year midfielder Johanna Dunkers found Washburn on the edge of the box. She then beat a defender and struck the ball past the diving goalkeeper into the back of the net. For Dunkers, it was her first career assist.

Unterborn kept the clean sheet and tallied seven saves in the match. She earned her 12th win of the season and 19th of her career, the second most in program history. Senior Mary Kate Ford, junior Bailey George, sophomore Kat Rebele, and first-year Laura Gorjanc played the whole match on the backline and kept the shutout, the Spartans' first since September 11 and first in UAA play since 2016.

The win was the first for Case Western Reserve in Chicago since 2011. The upset will improve the Spartans' standing for a possible at-large bid selection to the NCAA tournament.

The Spartans finish their UAA road trip and the road portion of their schedule with a match against No. 4 Washington (Mo.) in St. Louis on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET. The team then returns home to DiSanto Field for "Senior Day" on Saturday, November 9 for its last match of the regular season against No. 23 Carnegie Mellon at 1:00 p.m.