Spartans Tie Roanoke in Season Opener

Matthew Zembas scored the first CWRU goal of 2014 in the eighth minute. (photo by Alicia Nolan)
Matthew Zembas scored the first CWRU goal of 2014 in the eighth minute. (photo by Alicia Nolan)

SALEM, Va. – The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team traded first half goals with Roanoke College as part of a 1-1 tie to open the 2014 season on Friday evening at Kerr Stadium.

The Spartans are right back in action tomorrow at the Roanoke Invitational against Lynchburg College at 5:00 p.m.

Junior forward Matthew Zembas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley N.W.) scored his seventh career goal to open the scoring early on in the eighth minute. Twenty-five minutes of scoreless action ensued before the hosts tied the match on a Marc Dinkel free kick at 32:12.

The two teams then played a scoreless second half and two scoreless overtime periods to end the match in a draw.

CWRU outshot Roanoke 12-10 in regulation, but the Maroons attempted all seven shots during the overtime frames. The teams combined for 28 fouls, and CWRU held a slight 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Sophomore Frank Candau (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) was the goalkeeper of record for CWRU with a career-high six saves.  Cole Sinclair stopped five shots for Roanoke.