Guerra paces SUNY Cortland in win
Freshman posted only tally of game in 68th minute to advance
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Freshman Caitlin Guerra scored the game's lone goal in the 68th minute as SUNY Cortland defeated host Case Western Reserve 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
The Red Dragons (13-5-3) are in their 11th NCAA Division III tournament and first since 1998. Case Western finished the season with a 13-4-3 record.
Senior Pam Monnier made seven saves for her 10th shutout of the season. Case Western's Anna Kennedy finished with four saves. Both teams also recorded one team defensive save -- Cortland early in the game and Case in the second half.
Guerra tallied her second goal of the season when she tapped in a loose ball after a scramble in front of the net. Senior Kelly Wanser assisted on the play. Kennedy and Guerra jumped for a ball served into the box and the ball came loose before Guerra tapped it into the left side of the goal to give Cortland the lead.
Case outshot Cortland 16-7 and pressured the Red Dragons numerous times for the equalizer in the final 20 minutes.
The Spartans' best chance came in the 85th minute when they were awarded a direct kick just outside the top of the box. Kendra Simmons sent a shot heading toward the far left side of the net, but Monnier dove to her right and punched the ball away. Monnier also made a save in the 88th minute to help preserve the victory.