Spartan Men Drop Double Overtime Heartbreaker in Upset Bid at No. 4 Brandeis

Calvin Boyle
Calvin Boyle

WALTHAM, Mass. – A penalty kick with less than two minutes remaining in the second overtime was the difference as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker at No. 4 nationally ranked Brandeis University on Sunday afternoon at Gordon Field.

The Spartans fall to 6-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the University Athletic Association. The Judges remain perfect at 10-0 (1-0 UAA).

Freshman goalkeeper Calvin Boyle (Pittsburgh, Pa. /Chartiers Valley) was stellar in net with a career-high seven saves, several of which came in tough spots for the CWRU defense. However, a penalty in the box at the 108:14 mark put Boyle in a nearly impossible spot as Tyler Savonen scored the winner for Brandeis.

Both teams had prime chances to score during regulation. Nine minutes in, CWRU freshman forward Michael Balog (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) had an open look from the right side of the box, but his right-footed shot was deflected high over the crossbar. Then, off of a Brandeis corner kick in the 37th minute, Boyle made a leaping save on a header by Judge forward Jake Pickard to keep the game scoreless headed into halftime. 

In the 63rd minute, Brandeis midfielder Josh Ocel broke free for a 1-on-1 opportunity with Boyle, but the rookie keeper was able to record the clutch save. Then two minutes later, Spartan midfielder Chris Cvecko (Erie, Pa./McDowell) had a free kick attempt punched aside by Brandeis netminder Joe Graffy, one of his five saves during the contest.

For the match, Brandeis outshot CWRU, 20-9, and led in corner kick attempts, 12-3.

The Spartans return to Ohio to play their last non-conference match of the season at Oberlin College at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8. The team then dives back into UAA action against New York University on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m. at DiSanto Field.