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Women's soccer drops match to Yellow Jackets after early lead

Sonya Narla

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: Sports
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Junior Kristina Vaci wins a tackle in the defensive zone. The Spartans finished 1-6 in the UAA, eighth overall.
Media Credit: James Hale
Junior Kristina Vaci wins a tackle in the defensive zone. The Spartans finished 1-6 in the UAA, eighth overall.
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The women's soccer 2010 season came to a close this weekend in a disappointing loss at the University of Rochester in a University Athletic Association (UAA) matchup. The Spartans came out with a high-energy level when the whistle blew. Just 10 minutes into the game, freshman forward Leah Levey scored the first goal of the game and her sixth of the season to give the Spartans a 1-0 leg up. The Spartans held the lead throughout the remainder of the first half and had seven shots to Rochester's one.

Though the Spartans clearly dominated the first half, Rochester got a lucky goal less than 10 minutes into the second half. After a Spartan foul, Rochester's Ellen Coleman scored a penalty kick, her 15th goal of the season. After Rochester's lucky break, the game was tied 1-1 and Rochester was back in contention. Rochester's Kathryn Rowe scored again just five minutes later, in the 58th minute, off a corner kick in the box. The Spartans were unable to score again, the loss dropped the Spartans' UAA conference record to 1-6 and final season record to 9-8-1 overall.

Though the Spartans didn't quite live up to their expectations in conference play - last year they narrowly missed making it to the post-season - their nine victories of the season still signify one of the best records in school and program history.

The next year for the Spartans looks promising considering the starting lineup dynamic between seasoned veterans and the new talent of this year's freshman class. However, the end of this 2010 season also marks the departure of an influential senior class. These seniors were freshman when head coach Tiff Crooks joined the program and took it in a new direction, and they have been a monumental part of improving CWRU's women's soccer program to what it is today.

Amy Baumann came in as a freshman and quickly established herself as a leader on and off the field, and also secured a starting position in central midfield. In 2008 and 2009, she earned All-Academic UAA honors and, in 2009, earned an All-UAA Honorable Mention.
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