Spartan Men Suffer First Loss in Overtime Against Thomas More

photo by Lynne Browske
photo by Lynne Browske

CLEVELAND - The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the 2015 season falling 3-2 in overtime against Thomas More College.

The Spartans are now 2-1 on the season, while the Saints improve to 2-0 overall.

The Spartans, were the first on the scoreboard, in the 16th minute sophomore forward Michael Balog (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) got a deflection after a shot and took the opportunity to strike the ball into the net around the Saints defense. Just less than a minute and a half later, Thomas More responded with an attack of their own to make the score 1-1 heading into the half.

In the second, CWRU was again first to strike the goal. In the 60th minute of the game, junior Jacob Grindel took a free kick after a Thomas More foul from directly in front of the goal, sent the ball straight through the back of the net into the corner. The Saints responded once again, scoring a goal of their own in the 66th minute catching a deflection off of a shot for a successful second chance.

The score was 2-2 after regulation, sending the game into a 10:00 overtime period. In the 96th minute of total play time, the Saints took their first and only lead of the game and the win with an unassisted goal by striker Austin Juniet.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, September 9 as they will head to Berea, Ohio on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University for a 7:00 p.m. start.