Two First-Half Goals by O’Day Not Enough as Baldwin-Wallace Rallies for 3-2 Victory

Patrick O'Day (6) scored his second goal of the match via an assist from Vinny Bell (9).
Patrick O'Day (6) scored his second goal of the match via an assist from Vinny Bell (9).

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Freshman forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) scored a pair of first-half goals for Case Western Reserve University, but Baldwin-Wallace College answered with a trio of scores during the final 45 minutes and held on for a 3-2 win in a matchup of regionally-ranked teams on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

The Spartans, ranked fourth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Great Lakes regional poll released Tuesday, fall to 4-1. With the win, the Yellow Jackets, ranked seventh in the region, improve to 5-1.

The Spartans got on the board early in the first half when O'Day scored in the eighth minute via an assist from junior forward Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington). O'Day tacked on his second goal of the match and team-best seventh of the season just under 11 minutes later off of a cross from senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge).

Baldwin-Wallace tied the contest via a pair of goals from Carlin Vandendriessche with an assist on the first score from Kirk Graf in the 48th and an unassisted goal in the 64th minute, respectively. The game remained knotted at 2-2 until 3:07 remained in regulation. Graf took a pass from Pat Brennan and tapped home the eventual game-winner for the Yellow Jackets.

In goal, Spartan senior Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) recorded four saves in the loss. Ryan Hulings notched the win between the pipes for Baldwin-Wallace, tallying two saves.

For the match, the shots were nearly even with Baldwin-Wallace holding a slight 14-13 advantage and a slight edge in corner kicks, 6-3.

Case will return to action at home this Saturday, September 17 versus North Coast Athletic Conference opponent Oberlin College at 7:30 p.m at Case Field.