Spartan Men Advance to NCAA Tourney Second Round with 3-0 Victory versus DePauw

The Spartans scored three second half goals en route to advancing to round two.
The Spartans scored three second half goals en route to advancing to round two.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three different players scored as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team defeated DePauw University (Ind.), 3-0, in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Championship Tournament on Saturday evening at Case Field. The Spartans advance to play Ohio Northern University in round two tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.

Case improved to 15-4 for the season and earns the second NCAA Tourney victory in school history (2006 versus Denison University). DePauw's season ends at 16-3-1.

The Spartans broke a scoreless tie in the second half when junior midfielder Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) collected a loose ball in front of the net, and after having several attempts blocked, fired a shot past DePauw goalkeeper Nathan Sprenkel at the 67:24 mark.

The lead grew to 2-0 in the 86th minute when senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) spun past a defender and nailed a shot from 10 yards out via an assist from freshman forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior).

O'Day iced the match less than a minute later at 86:36 with a tapper following a throw-in by junior midfielder Kostis Theoharides (Brookline, Mass./Brookline).

For the match, Case outshot DePauw, 19-5, while each team attempted five corner kicks.

In net, senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) recorded three saves including a fine diving stop on an Alex Johnson header late in the match.

In the first match of the day, Ohio Northern advanced with a 2-0 victory versus Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.). The Polar Bears got goals from Cameron Johnson and Christian Huelsman while holding the Fightin' Engineers to just five shots.