Grindel and Zembas Score a Minute Apart, Spartan Men Stay Unbeaten with 2-1 Win versus JCU

Jacob Grindel scored the first of two Spartan goals in the 27th minute. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Jacob Grindel scored the first of two Spartan goals in the 27th minute. (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – Two goals less than a minute apart in the first half led the way as the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team remained unbeaten for the season with a 2-1 win versus local-rival John Carroll University on Wednesday evening at Case Field.

The Spartans (4-0-3) earn their third victory in a row heading into a Saturday, September 28 match at Wilmington College at 7:00 p.m. in Wilmington. The loss snaps a three-match winning streak for the Blue Streaks (5-2).

The first half saw plenty of scoring opportunities, and in the 27th minute, the Spartans cashed in twice. At 27:00, freshman midfielder Jacob Grindel (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) scored his team-best third goal of the season on a free kick.

Fifty-six seconds later, sophomore midfielder Matthew Zembas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley N.W.) took a cross from freshman defender Zach Broujos (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and knocked a shot into the bottom left corner of the John Carroll net.

In the second half, John Carroll came out aggressive and got on the board quickly when Brian Potocnik scored from 25 yards out via a cross by Thor Erikson at 47:30.

The Blue Streaks then withstood a frenzy of shots following a Spartan corner kick at the midway point and kept the heat up on the other side of the field. However, several fine saves from freshman goalkeeper Ari Lewis (Jericho, N.Y./Jericho) highlighted a solid effort by the Spartan backline in preserving the 2-1 win.

For the match, Lewis posted a career-best seven saves. JCU's Zach Fehrenbach recorded four.

In what turned out to be a physical contest, the two sides combined for 27 fouls. JCU outshot the Spartans, 17-12, but the hosts held a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.