CLEVELAND – Despite scoring twice in the final 1:07 of the first half, the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team fell by a count of 4-2 in its upset bid of No. 12 nationally ranked Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on a cool and windy Friday evening at DiSanto Field.
The Spartans drop to 6-5-4 overall and 1-3-1 in the University Athletic Association. The win moved the Tartans to 11-2-1 and 4-1-0 UAA.
Case led 2-1 at halftime following an exciting final minute of the first period, but CMU responded with three unanswered goals in the second to stay in the hunt for the top spot in the conference.
The first half didn't see many scoring threats until the teams combined for three goals in the final 1:07. CMU's early looks at the net were turned away by junior goalkeeper/captain Jay Darby (Flower Mound, Texas/Argyle), who had missed the last 13 matches with an injury. Darby's best moment came in the 15th minute when he saved a close shot from Chris Wysocki. Junior defender Ryan Meyer (Lebanon, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) then made a fine diving play to clear the ball out of the Spartan end of the field.
Case had a good look as well in the 40th minute when freshman midfielder Jacob Grindel (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University HS) deflected a free kick from sophomore midfielder Alex Masciopinto (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove), but CMU keeper Christopher Madden foiled the opportunity.
Then with the match looking to be scoreless headed into halftime, the scoring barrage began.
The Spartans broke through first following a throw in as Grindel flicked in his fifth goal of the year at 43:53 via a double assist by sophomore midfielder Chris Cvecko (Erie, Pa./McDowell) and junior defender Bairdy Hansen (Cazenovia, N.Y./Manlius Pebble Hill).
The Tartans answered less than a minute later with a Ben Bryant header that followed a Jakob Rohwer free kick, tying the score at 1-1.
Undaunted, Case came right back with just two seconds left on the first half clock when sophomore midfielder Slater Jameson (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) sent a shot into the net via a pass from Meyer that came during a scrum in front of the goal.
In the second half, the visitors quickly tied the score at 46:55 with a goal by Connor Webb which was assisted by Cole Christensen. Several minutes later, CMU grabbed its first lead as Max Tassano scored with an assist to Rohwer at the 50:37 mark. The Tartans added an insurance goal at 71:27 as Wysocki struck via an assist by Ben Alderoty.
For the match, CMU led in both shots (11-10) and corner kicks (14-3).
In goal, Darby recorded three saves in the opening 45. Freshman Frank Candau (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) played the second half and took the loss.
Madden finished with four stops for the Tartans.
The Spartans continue a season-ending three-match homestand versus Emory University (Ga.) this Sunday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m. at DiSanto Field. The team concludes the year next Saturday, Nov. 9 with Seniors' Night versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 5:00 p.m.