Spartan Men Shut Out by No. 14 Brandeis in UAA Opener

(Photo by Ryan Baker)
(Photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University's men soccer team (5-2-3) lost by a count of 4-0 to No. 14 nationally ranked Brandeis University (10-1-0) in the 2013 University Athletic Association opener on Saturday afternoon at Case Field.

The match marked the first time this season the Spartans have been shut out.

Brandeis threatened in the 23rd minute when a shot by Michael Soboff got past Spartan freshman goalkeeper Frank Candau (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) but was cleared off the goal line by sophomore midfielder Slater Jameson (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon).

The visiting Judges kept the heat on, however, and opened the scoring just one minute later as Ben Applefield notched his first goal of the season. Applefield dribbled past two Spartan defenders and sent a shot to the upper right corner of the net.

The second-half scoring started early as a free kick by Kyle Feather deflected off an outstretched Candau and fell to Soboff, who tapped it in for his fourth goal of the season.

The aggressive attack from the Judges continued as they added two more goals at the 74th and 79th minute marks. Jake Pickard scored the third when he sent a header into the upper left corner of the goal off an Applefield corner kick.  

A free kick in Spartan territory set up the fourth score. Soboff took the kick quickly and passed to Applefield who found an open Zach Viera, who scored to make the score 4-0.

In net, Candau saved two shots, while Brandeis' Joe Graffy made four.

For the match, Brandeis led in shots (14-5) and corner kicks (7-2). Both teams compiled 18 fouls in a physical 90 minutes.

The Spartans look to return to their winning ways when they take on Oberlin College on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Case Field.