Spartan Men Fall in Crucial Match at No. 24 Emory, 1-0

photo by Lynne Browske
photo by Lynne Browske

ATLANTA – The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team saw a five-match unbeaten streak end in a 1-0 loss at No. 24 nationally ranked Emory University on Sunday afternoon at Woodruff Physical Education Center.

The Spartans drop to 8-5-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the University Athletic Association with just one regular season match remaining. The Eagles bump their marks to 13-3-1 overall, 3-3-0 UAA.

In addition to the national ranking, Emory entered the week as the top-ranked team in the NCAA South Atlantic Region. The Spartans were fourth in the Great Lakes Region.

The only goal of the match came at 29:25 of the first half. After his team had gained possession in transition, Emory's Nick Schook collected a loose ball in the box and sent a low shot past CWRU freshman goalkeeper Calvin Boyle (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley).  Boyle had foiled a significant Emory threat 22 minutes earlier with a diving save on a shot by Sebastian Hardington.

The second half saw Emory control the pace for a majority of the 45 minutes.

Statistically, the Eagles outshot the Spartans, 19-6, and led in corner kicks, 8-4. CWRU managed only two shots on goal with one each from sophomore defender Zach Broujos (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and junior defender Alex Masciopinto (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove).

Boyle wound up with seven saves, while his counterpart Abe Hannigan needed just two.

The Spartans need a win in the regular season finale to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.  The team plays at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) next Saturday, November 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Fauver Stadium.