Spartan Men Earn First UAA Point with Draw at NYU

Spartan Men Earn First UAA Point with Draw at NYU

NEW YORK – The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team earned its first point in University Athletic Association action with a 1-1 draw at New York University on Saturday afternoon.

With the tie, the Spartans move to 5-3-4 overall for the season and 0-1-1 in the UAA. NYU is now 6-3-3 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference.  

Case took the lead early in the match when sophomore forward Matthew Zembas (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley N.W.) scored his fourth goal of 2013. Sophomore midfielder Chris Cvecko (Erie, Pa./McDowell) looked to have scored just under nine minutes into the game, but his shot, which beat the NYU keeper, hit the post. Fortunately for the Spartans, Grindel's attempt rebounded straight to Zembas who was able to find the back of the net at the 8:40 mark of the first half.

The lead did not last long, however, as just two minutes later the Violets would level the score at one. Bryan Walsh beat Spartan freshman goalkeeper Frank Candau (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) on NYU's first shot of the match.

Candau was impressive the rest of the game with five saves, including several key stops late in the match to help the Spartans earn a point on the road.

Overall, Case held the majority of the chances as it outshot NYU by a tally of 16-7, though the shots on goal were even at 6-6.

The Spartans continue their three-match UAA road trip at Washington University-St. Louis at 5:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, October 18 before traveling to the "Windy City" to battle the University of Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 20.