#21 Women’s Soccer Returns Home for ‘Senior Day’ on Saturday

CWRU Women's Socccer seniors Jennifer Markley, Isabel Kazour, Kimberly Chen, Lauren Unterborn and Mary Kate Ford.

After splitting two road University Athletic Association matches last weekend, the No. 21 Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team returns home to face No. 25 Carnegie Mellon University in its final match of the regular season. Kickoff for the match on Saturday, November 9 is at 1:00 p.m.

Last Week's Results

Friday, November 1: CWRU 2, #12 Chicago 0

Sunday, November 3: #3 WashU 2, CWRU 1 (2OT)

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.

Saturday, November 9: https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/2019-20/boxscores/20191109_4hez.xml, while a video webcast is available at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/wsoc/live.

Senior Day

The Spartans will be honoring the five senior members of the team before the match on Saturday. Forward Kimberly Chen, defender Mary Kate Ford, student coach Isabel Kazour, midfielder Jennifer Markley, and goalkeeper Lauren Unterborn will be celebrated for their strong play, leadership, and dedication to the program over the last four years in a special pre-game ceremony on the field.

Over the last four seasons, the women's soccer class of 2019 has guided the team to 33 wins and the Spartans' highest ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll in program history. The team has also ranked high in the Great Lakes Region every season. Academically, the team has earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award in each of the last four seasons.

#21 CWRU Spartans (13-4-0, 2-4-0 UAA)

The Spartans split a pair of UAA road matches over the weekend, upsetting then-No. 12 Chicago 2-0 on Friday evening but losing to No. 3 Washington (Mo.) University 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore midfielder Anika Washburn scored all three of the team's goals over the weekend, and first-year midfielders Merry Meyer and Johanna Dunkers each had an assist.

Washburn leads the team with a program-record 33 points on a program-record 14 goals and five assists. Meyer has a team-leading eight assists, the most by a first-year player since former Spartan Sarah Rogers had nine in 1999. Unterborn has started 15 of the Spartans' matches in front of the goal, saving 60 shots in 1,449 minutes.

#25 Carnegie Mellon University Tartans (10-5-1, 3-3-0 UAA)

The Tartans also traveled to St. Louis and Chicago over the weekend but dropped both of their matches. CMU fell to WashU 1-0 on Friday evening and Chicago 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

First-year forward Alex Adams leads the Tartans with 10 goals this season and has a team-high 23 points. Leading the team with five assists is senior midfielder Tara Durstewitz, who has also scored five goals for CMU. Senior goalkeeper Andrea Sipos has spent the majority of the team's time protecting the net, allowing nine goals in 14 matches.

The Spartans and Tartans have faced off 28 times dating back to 1991. Last season, Case Western Reserve fell in Pittsburgh 2-1 with the lone Spartan goal scored by current sophomore forward Christina Hickson. The Spartans' last win in the series was at home in 2011.

Washing Away the Record Book

Sophomore midfielder Anika Washburn broke both the single-season program records for goals and points with her two goals in the match against Chicago. She now has 14 goals and 33 points this season, surpassing the previous records of 12 and 30. Washburn extended her program record with her seventh game-winning goal against Chicago and holds the record for shots on goal in a single season with 36 this year.

Around the Region

The NCAA released its second women's soccer regional rankings last Wednesday. CWRU remained second in the Great Lakes Region behind Carnegie Mellon. 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 will release the final regular season rankings on Wednesday, November 6 and will release a final overall ranking when the 64-team playoff field is announced on Monday, November 11. The Spartans are looking to be one of the 20 at-large Pool C teams selected to the tournament and can improve their chances with a win on Saturday.

In the Polls

After a three-week absence, CWRU re-entered the United Soccer Coaches Poll this week, coming in at No. 21 in the final poll of the regular season. The Spartans have been ranked as high as No. 10 this season, a program best.

Carnegie Mellon fell to No. 25 in the same poll after ranking 23rd last week. This is the fourth straight week in the top 25 for the Tartans.

Spartan Notes

The Spartans win on Friday was their first at Chicago since 2011…The team can set a new program record with two goals in the match against CMU…With a win against CMU, the squad can set the program single-season wins record…Anika Washburn leads the UAA in goals and points…Merry Meyer is tied for the UAA lead in assists…Lauren Unterborn has the fifth highest save percentage in the UAA…CWRU has guaranteed its best finish in the conference since 2012... Washburn and junior defender Bailey George have started in all of the team's 17 matches.