CHICAGO – A flurry of shots late didn't equate into scores in a close game with Case Western Reserve, as the No. 12 University of Chicago women's soccer team fell to the visiting Spartans Friday night, 2-0.
CWRU (13-3, 2-3 University Athletic Association) benefited greatly from an early goal in the first half. The Spartans' goal leader did not disappoint, as Anika Washburn scored the first of her two goals in just the 8'. CWRU teammate Merry Meyer beat the UChicago defense down the left side of the field and crossed it to Washburn, who finished at point-blank range to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
UChicago slightly outshot the Spartans in the first 45 minutes, 6-5, including a near-break away attempt from Maddie DeVoe in the 12'. But CWRU keeper Lauren Unterborn saved it: she would go on to finish the game with seven stops.
The Maroons (11-2-2, 3-1-1 UAA) opened the second half with plenty of energy, but just six minutes into the frame, an injury to the center referee stopped the game for about nine minutes. The game continued with just two referees and play evened out for much of the half, until UChicago turned on the offense with 11 minutes to play.
Senior Hanna Watkins (five shots, three on goal) perhaps had the best chance during the flurry, which saw the Maroons take four shots and three corner kicks in a two-minute stretch. Watkins nearly connected on a header attempt from a Katie Jasminski, but the Spartans' back line cleared it safely with a team save.
Case Western Reserve delivered the insurance goal they needed minutes later, as Washburn connected for her 13th goal of the season with a nice move from about 15 yards out to make it 2-0, visitors.
UChicago outshot the Spartans, 15-8, and had six corner kicks to just one for the visitors.
Maroons' keeper Miranda Malone finished the game with four saves in just her second loss of the season.
- Sunday, Nov. 3: #23 Carnegie Mellon at #12 UChicago, 10:30 a.m. CT