CWRU Men’s Soccer 2016 Season Recap

CWRU Men’s Soccer 2016 Season Recap

Facing one of the toughest schedules among all NCAA Division III teams in 2016, the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team finished the year with an overall record of 5-9-4.

The Spartans faced six opponents throughout the year that were nationally-ranked at the time of the contest, posting a 1-3-2 record in such games during the season. CWRU also played eight teams during the season that went on to qualify for the Division III NCAA Championship Tournament.

One of the highlights of the year for CWRU was a 1-0 overtime win against then second-ranked Kenyon College on September 27th. After battling for a scoreless 94 minutes of action, sophomore midfielder Josh Wargo connected on a 'golden goal' at the 94:46 mark. The win marked the highest-ranked opponent defeated by the Spartan men's soccer team in program history.

CWRU also proved to be a challenge to then first-ranked University of Chicago on October 28th, forcing them to a 0-0 double-overtime tie. The tie gave the Maroons their first blemish of the season.

The Spartans battled Brandeis University, which made it the semifinals at the NCAA Championships, to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on October 8th. CWRU also played another tough UAA road contest against then ninth-ranked Rochester (N.Y.) on October 16th. The Spartans scored a goal in the 70th minute of action to tie Rochester at 1-1. Both defenses would hold strong for the rest of regulation and both overtime periods, as the match ended in a tie.

The University Athletic Association had five teams qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Paced by All-University Athletic Association First Team selections in senior midfielder Jacob Grindel, senior defender Zach Broujos and junior goalkeeper Calvin Boyle, the Spartans finished the year as a tough defensive-minded team.

Grindel finished the season with three goals and two assists for a total of eight points for the Spartans. He ranked second on the team in total shots (29) and tied for second on the team in shots on goal (13).

Broujos played a major role on the Spartan defense this season, leading the team to seven shutouts. Also contributing offensively, Broujos recorded one goal and one assist for three points.

In the net, Boyle was exceptional throughout the 2016 season, earning UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week on September 26th and October 3rd. The Spartans ended the year ranked 21st in save percentage (.843) and 87th in shutout percentage (.39) in all of Division III. Boyle posted five shutouts during the season.

In addition, senior forward Joshua Prosser and senior defender Rusheel Shah earned All-UAA Honorable Mention honors.

During his senior year, Prosser contributed a team-high six goals for 12 points. He also scored the game-winning goal against John Carroll in September, beating the keeper in a one-on-one opportunity.

Shah, who was an All-UAA Honorable Mention last fall, led the Spartans defensively. The Spartans defense concluded the season ranked 74th in all of Division III in goals against average.

Head Coach Brandon Bianco concluded his fourth season at Case Western Reserve with a 32-26-13 overall record over his career.

In addition to the team's success on the field, the Spartans excelled in the classroom as well in 2016. The squad received the NSCAA College Team Academic Award with a team grade point average of 3.62 to rank third in the nation across all divisions and first among Division III. Sixteen members of the squad also earned All-Academic honors: junior Michael Balog, sophomore Alex Besl, Broujos, senior Frank Candau, sophomore Paul Darmstadter, sophomore Brady Daulton, junior Christian Grimme, Grindel, junior Alex Keller-Biehl, sophomore Reed Kurtenbach, sophomore Christian Lytle, sophomore Jake Micham, senior Thomas Nolan, sophomore Jacob Phillips, Prosser and junior Jack Rademacher.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2016 season:

OCSA All-Ohio    
Jacob Grindel Third Team Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.
Zach Broujos Third Team Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic

All-University Athletic Association


Jacob Grindel

First Team

Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.

Zach Broujos 

First Team

Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Calvin Boyle

First Team

Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley

Joshua Prosser 

Honorable Mention

Lorton, Va./South County

Rusheel Shah

Honorable Mention

Marietta, Ga./Joseph Wheeler


UAA Athlete of the Week


Calvin Boyle

Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley

 Sept. 26, Oct. 3















The following were the 2016 statistical leaders for the Spartans: 


Joshua Prosser



Balog, Grindel, Rademacher, Woo



Joshua Prosser 


Game Winning Goals

Josh Wargo



Michael Balog


Shots on Goal

Joshua Prosser



Calvin Boyle 



Calvin Boyle



Calvin Boyle


Goals Against Average

Calvin Boyle










*minimum of 900 minutes

CWRU in the final NCAA Division III team statistical rankings: 




Team Goals Against Average



Shutout Percentage



Save Percentage