ST. LOUIS – Sophomore midfielder Chris Cvecko (Erie, Pa./McDowell) scored his team-best sixth goal of the season, but the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team lost in University Athletic Association action by a score a 4-1 at Washington University-St. Louis on a cool Friday evening at Francis Field.
With the defeat, Case drops to 5-4-4 overall and 0-2-1 in the UAA. The Bears, ranked fourth in the central region, improve to 7-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the UAA.
In the opening half, Washington wasted no time in finding the back of the net as Jeremy Kirkwood netted his third goal of the season via a pass from Michael Flowers just seven minutes into the match.
The Bears doubled the lead at the 23:34 mark when Kevin Goon finished off a fine play by the hosts for his first goal of the season. Case responded almost immediately when Cvecko scored unassisted to cut his team's deficit to 2-1.
The Bears re-established their two-goal lead quickly after the intermission as Kirkwood again scored seven minutes into the half, this time unassisted, to make the score 3-1. The Washington forward then assisted Manny Angel, who gave the Bears the decisive three-goal advantage.
Between the pipes, freshman goalkeeper Ari Lewis (Jericho, N.Y./Jericho) finished with three saves in 90 minutes, while Washington's David Wang also tallied three stops in 76 minutes to earn the victory. Michael McCarthy added one save in 14 minutes of work for the Bears.
Statistically, Case held the advantage in shots (19-16) and corner kicks (10-5), though Washington led in shots on goal, 7-5.
The Spartans conclude the road portion of the schedule this Sunday, October 20 at the University of Chicago at 11:00 a.m. (CT) in the "Windy City."