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          Women's Soccer looks to build on surprising season

          Sonya Narla

          Issue date: 8/27/10 Section: Sports
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          I've said it before and I'll say it again: the women's soccer team is on the way up. The Spartans ended the 2009 season with a long list of accomplishments - regional ranking, finishing above .500 for the first time since 2003, and securing the most UAA wins for Case Western Reserve University since 1993 -- just to name a few. The Spartans also barely missed making the playoffs.

          Maybe this isn't immediately impressive, but you have to look at the University Athletic Association conference. The UAA is full of powerhouse teams like the nationally ranked #2 Washington University in St. Louis, #20 University of Chicago, and #22 the University of Rochester. The Spartans tied University of Rochester in a season-ending game that went into double overtime. Yes, the Spartans, a team that just two years ago went without a single win in the UAA, tied the no. 17 team in the country.

          However, the Spartans

          do have some obstacles to overcome. Five talented seniors just graduated - all starters. Recent injuries also pose a problem. "Bad luck in the off-season has changed our personnel some," said head coach Tiff Crooks, "but it also gives an opportunity for players to rise and get chances they previously have not had." Players to watch include Kristina Vaci in the defense, Deena Levey in midfield, and Anna Kennedy in the goal, all who received All-UAA honors last year. The defense looks pretty strong, with junior veterans Vaci and Laura Gabster anchoring the back line. Senior midfielder Amy Baumann lends strength to the central midfield. Levey's speed and agility will also be paramount for transitions through the midfield and on the attack, but the Spartans still need to finish goals for the winning result.

          The new freshman class has potential to fill some of the gaps in the attack, and the next few weeks will be interesting to watch. Crooks agreed, saying, "We'll need some returning players to step up and take advantage of opportunities on the field as well as our new players to battle to earn playing time right away."
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