Grindel’s Late Goal the Difference-Maker in CWRU Win at Baldwin-Wallace

Grindel’s Late Goal the Difference-Maker in CWRU Win at Baldwin-Wallace

Case Western Reserve University junior midfielder Jacob Grindel scored the game-winning goal on a 73rd-minute breakaway to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 victory at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio on Wednesday night.

The win raised CWRU's record to 3-1 for the year, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 1-3.

Senior Matthew Zembas put the Spartans on the board late in the first half, striking in the 39th-minute on a perfectly-placed free kick from the middle of the pitch and approximately 25 yards out.  The goal was the forward's second of the campaign.

Case Western Reserve outshot Baldwin-Wallace 8-3 in the first half, with a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.  Zembas' goal was the only shot on goal for either team during the first 45 minutes of action.

The Spartans had an opportunity to increase their lead in the second half, but a 56th-minute shot from Michael Balog hit the post, and a follow-up by Dean Balabanov was saved by the Baldwin-Wallace keeper.

Just over five minutes later, the Yellow Jackets evened the score, when Luke Westkamp lofted a ball into the box that Craig Wallace was able to head in to knot the score at a goal apiece.

CWRU responded, regaining the lead for good on Grindel's team-leading third goal of the year.  Senior Chris Cvecko's pass set up a breakaway down the field for Grindel, who was able to beat the keeper on a one-on-one opportunity to put Case Western Reserve on top 2-1.

Grindel is now second on the team with six points this season, while Cvecko's five points (two goals and an assist) rank him third among all Spartan players.  The score was the first game-winning strike of the season for Grindel.

Case Western Reserve held Baldwin-Wallace to just seven shots during the game, including just one on goal.  The Spartans took 13 shots of their own, led by Grindel's three.  Cvecko, Balabanov, and freshman Jacob Phillips each had two shots apiece on Wednesday.

The Spartans will wrap up their brief two-game road swing on Saturday, September 12th at 5:00 p.m. against Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.