September 17, 2011

Spartans Click on All Cylinders in 4-0 Victory Versus Oberlin

CLEVELAND, Ohio – All-American senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) scored two goals and added an assist and the defense held the Oberlin College attack in check as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team earned a 4-0 victory versus the Yeomen on Saturday at Case Field.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-1 overall and will return to action on Tuesday, September 20, when they take on Penn State-Behrend University at 5:00 p.m. at Family First Sports Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. With its loss, Oberlin falls to 2-5.

The Spartans got on the board early in the fourth minute when Bell lobbed a shot on a loose ball scramble from 35 yards out over the outstretched arms of the Oberlin goalkeeper for a quick 1-0 advantage.

Case added to its lead just over nine minutes later when junior Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) collected a rebound off a shot from Bell and tapped in the bouncing ball for a 2-0 lead. The assist was Bell's team-leading third helper.

The Spartans made it 3-0 in the 57th minute when freshman forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) was on the receiving end of a perfect corner kick from junior midfielder Ross Twanmoh (Fallston, Md./Fallston). The score gave O'Day eight goals through six matches for the Spartans.

Case increased its lead to 4-0 when junior forward Rene Silva (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy) charged the Yeomen net in the 61st minute and sent a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off the Yeomen goalkeeper right to the feet of Bell. The fourth-year Spartan calmly drilled it home for his eighth goal of the year tying him with O'Day for team-best honors.

In goal, Spartan senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) played 77:25 of shutout soccer and collected three saves to earn the win before being relieved by junior Ryan Koepka (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) for the final 12:35 of action. Oberlin's Brandt Rentel made 10 saves.

Case outshot Oberlin by a 21-6 count on the evening and took four corners to Oberlin's one.

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