No. 16 CWRU Men’s Soccer Ties Oberlin 1-1 in Non-Conference Matchup

No. 16 CWRU Men’s Soccer Ties Oberlin 1-1 in Non-Conference Matchup

Senior Chris Cvecko gave the 16th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team an early lead with a first-half goal, but a late tally in regulation by Oberlin College evened the score, as the Spartans and the Yeomen played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at DiSanto Field on Wednesday night.

The Spartans moved to 9-1-1 overall with the win, while Oberlin now stands at 7-3-1 for the season.

Cvecko notched his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 26th minute of play, scoring at the 25:09 mark off an assist from sophomore Michael Balog.  Balog took possession of the ball, driving to the end line before sending a pass in front of the net.  The Oberlin keeper came off frame to attempt to cutoff the pass, but the ball found the feet of Cvecko, who was able to finish and put the Spartans up 1-0.

Cvecko has now scored four goals in the last two games, and leads all Spartan players with 20 points this season.  Balog notched his team-leading fourth assist of the season on the play, and is second on the squad with 16 points.

The score remained 1-0 through the end of the first half, with CWRU holding advantages of 8-4 in total shots, 3-2 in shots on goal and 8-1 in corner kicks over the Yeomen after 45 minutes.

The Spartans appeared to have the game in hand, until Oberlin's Nick Wertman connected on a shot at the 86:10 mark, sending a ball on frame from 30-yards out into the upper corner of the net for his second goal of the season.  Neither team would be able to register the deciding goal in overtime, resulting in the first draw of the year for both teams.

Each squad finished the game with 16 shots, with the Spartans holding a slight advantage, 9-8, in shots on goal.  Cvecko finished with a team-best four shots (three on goal), while junior Jacob Grindel took three shots, all of which were on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Calvin Boyle played all 110 minutes in net for the CWRU, matching his season-high with seven saves.

The Spartans will return to action on Sunday, October 11th against University Athletic Association opponent and nationally sixth-ranked Brandeis University.  The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start at DiSanto Field.