Spartan Men Fall, 1-0, to Emory

(photo by Lynne Browske)
(photo by Lynne Browske)

CLEVELAND – An unusual goal in the 28th minute was the difference as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team finished the weekend with a 1-0 loss to Emory University (Ga.) on Sunday afternoon at DiSanto Field.

The only score of the match came when Emory's Leo Ragazzo sent a long throw into the Spartan penalty area which went untouched until it found the back of the net. The Spartans drop to 6-6-4 overall and 1-4-1 in the University Athletic Association,while the Eagles improve to a 11-5-1 and 4-1-1 in the UAA.

The Spartans had two golden chances to open the scoring midway through the in the first half, the fist came when junior midfielder Bairdy Hansen (Cazenovia, N.Y./Manlius Pebble Hill) volleyed a shot towards goal, but Emory's Abe Hannigan impressively tipped the ball over the bar for the save. Minutes later, freshman midfielder Jacob Grindel (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University HS) curled a free kick into the box that flew high and crashed against the crossbar.

In the second half, neither team was able to develop many chances. Midway through the half, however, Spartan senior midfielder Marco Patrie (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster Schools) found himself all alone in the Emory box but was unable to steer a bouncing ball past the Eagle keeper.   

Statistically, the Spartans dominated despite not being able to break down the Eagle defense. Case led in shots (14-5), shots on goal (4-2) and in corner kicks (8-5).

Case concludes the season on Saturday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. for Seniors' Night against the University of Rochester (N.Y.).