[Written by Jake Hirschmann]
And alas, the four-game win streak comes to an end. The John Carroll University women’s soccer team fell to crosstown rival Case Western Reserve University 3-0 on Monday, Sept. 24. Not only did the loss end the women’s win streak, but it also ended the team’s four game shutout streak.
The game started out fairly even, with both teams exchanging corner kicks and getting their fair share of opportunities. CWRU had two especially great chances to score. One in the 17th minute, when a cross found its way through the defense and CWRU sophomore forward Christine Straka wasn’t able to finish a near open net, and another in the 23rd minute, when a through ball sent CWRU sophomore forward Jessie Sabers on a breakaway, only to be stopped on a fantastic save by JCU’s stud sophomore goalkeeper Haley McDonald. Both teams played tough the rest of the half as they went into halftime, tied at 0-0.
The second half was not so kind to the Blue Streaks. In the game’s 55th minute, Case struck first with a goal off of a Deena Levey corner kick that deflected off goalkeeper Haley McDonald’s hands and was finished off by Jessie Sabers. JCU had a great opportunity soon after, when a CWRU penalty granted the Blue Streaks a free kick from about 23 yards out. But, as luck would have it, the ball deflected off the human wall in front of the net and was cleared out.
In the 70th minute, CWRU senior defender Maeve Goede finished off another Deena Levey corner with a header to put JCU in a 2-0 hole. Soon after another amazing breakaway save by Haley McDonald, in the 81st minute, Case’s Deena Levey scored to put the final touches on a 3-0 victory for the visiting Spartans.
The Blue Streaks finish their non-conference schedule at 5-4, and head into Ohio Athletic Conference play expecting to do well. They kick off conference play on Saturday, Sept. 29 at home against Capital. This will be their first chance to move up in the conference standings and, ultimately, knock off last season’s champion, the same Capital team that they will host this weekend.