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CWRU looks to dominate at JCU

Sonya Narla

Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: Sports
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Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team will face two opponents this weekend: Oberlin College and Grove City College. After going 1-1-0 and playing a two-overtime-scoreless match against Denison University in last week's tournament, the Spartans are looking for a sweep.

After winning their season opener, the Oberlin women's team has now suffered its third straight loss, and is looking hungry for a win in this weekend's Classic tournament at John Carroll University. Located roughly 45 minutes west of Cleveland in Oberlin, Ohio, Oberlin College plays in the North Coast Athletic Conference along with seven other teams. Lori Sako, Oberlin's sniper, scored seven goals last season out of 18 shots on goal. Oberlin College (5-12-2 last season) lost against Grove City this past weekend, allowing three goals were scored in the last 20 minutes of the second half. The Spartans have not lost to Oberlin in the past five years, and hope to add to that record this weekend.

The Grove City Wolverines play in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and are currently seeded fourth out of 10 teams. They are undefeated with a 2-0 record, and have a chance to make it to the top of their conference with two wins in the Classic tournament this weekend. The Wolverines have been PAC champions five times in the past 15 years, and have twice qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Not to mention their head coach, Melissa Lamie, who has a 17-year tenure at Grove City College. Her career record for the Wolverines is an astonishing 178-128-23.

On the field, Hannah Yang and Emily Ostlund seem to be the core of the Wolverines' team. Yang, the Wolverines' top defender, was named the PAC Defensive Athlete of the Week, while Ostlund, a midfielder, was an ECAC All-Star at the end of the 2009 season. The Wolverines seem to have a nice balance of offense and defense. After going 7-0 in the PAC and 11-7-2 overall last season, the Wolverines are going to be a tough challenge in this weekend's tournament.

Five days from their last game, the Spartans will take on Oberlin and Grove City on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Spartans will need to be smart with their backline in order to counter the shooting power of both Oberlin and the Wolverines. For the Spartans to pull off a sweep this weekend, they need to maintain their transitions through the midfield and show strong goaltending.
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