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Women's soccer kicks for charity

Sonya Narla

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Sports
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This past weekend, the Spartans faced off against regionally-ranked Ohio Northern University. It wasn't just an important game because of the state rivalry, however: the Spartans decided to designate the home game as a charity fund-raising event. Appropriately titled "Kicks for a Cause," the fundraiser benefits and lends support to the Alzheimer's Association in the Cleveland area. Team members took pledges on a per-shot basis for the game, got donations, and held bake sales the week before the game to spread awareness and raise money for the cause, and every single penny went directly to the Alzheimer's Association.

Despite the good cause, the Spartans were unable to come out of Saturday's game with a win. The only point of the game was scored by the Polar Bears' Natalie White at the 26:28 mark in a goal off of a cross as the ball slipped past the Spartans' sophomore keeper Jackie Guttman.

The Spartans played well against the competitive and physical team - the Polar Bears had 14 fouls to the Spartans' relatively lesser count of 9. It was a well-matched game and the Spartan defense worked hard to successfully minimize the Polar Bears' attack while the Spartans' offensive line also worked to convert passes into scoring opportunities. In the second half, the Spartan's had several close chances on goal, but were ultimately unable to capitalize.

Junior forward Ana Arruda and freshman Ashley Debeljak led the Spartans in shots-on-goal, with two each. Overall, however, Ohio Northern out shot Case 10 to 8, though the Spartans had a 3-2 advantage for corner kicks. The loss improves Ohio Northern's record to 6-1-2, while the Spartans fall to 4-3-1. Regardless of the loss, the Spartans look ahead to the first UAA conference matchup against Brandeis University on Oct. 3.

The Spartans' level of play leaves no doubts about their skill capacity - when the team is on, the players are able to connect passes through the opposing team in an almost seamless manner; the defensive, midfield, and offensive lines work together to make their way up the field and create scoring opportunities.

For the Spartans, it is not a matter of skill - they certainly have that - rather, it is going to be a matter of consistency and actually capitalizing on opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net. As long as they work to accomplish these things, there is no doubt the Spartans will be able to come out with some conference wins this season.

On Tuesday, the Spartans faced off against the College of Wooster. Last season, the Spartans defeated Wooster in a 2-1 win for the first time in five years. This year, however, Wooster was coming into the match with momentum. Wooster was undefeated so far in the season, coming in with eight wins and two ties, and added 13 freshmen onto their squad. Both their 2008 leading scorer, junior Liz Mott, and lead assister, senior Chantal Koechli, returned this season as well. After a well-fought and well-played match, the game ended with a 0-0 tie after overtime.

FYI

Who: Case vs. Brandeis

When: Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Case Field

Comment: This is the first conference game for the Spartans. They lost to the Judges, 4-0, last season.
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