The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team hung with the second-ranked team in Division III for the first 45 minutes, but three second-half goals by the Calvin College Knights sent the Spartans to a 3-0 setback in the opening game of a four-game home stand at DiSanto Field on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 1-1-1 on the year, while Calvin improved to 3-0-0 with the victory.
Case Western Reserve outshot Calvin 7-4 during a scoreless first half, with both team registering three shots on goal. However, the Knights broke the tie early in the second half, when Hunter Olson scored off an assist from Jacob Witte for his second goal of the season in the 50th minute. The goal broke a stretch of 249 minutes and 46 seconds without a goal allowed this season by the CWRU defense and senior goalkeeper Calvin Boyle.
Calvin added on with a goal in the 64th minute, when Olson returned the favor with a cross to Witte that was headed in to extend the lead to 2-0. A 77th minute goal from approximately 30 yards out by Lucas Albrecht pushed the Knights' advantage to 3-0.
Case Western Reserve finished the game with a slight edge in total shots, 13-12, but Calvin was able to put seven of its chances on goal, with the Spartans placing five on net. Senior forward Michael Balog led all players in the game with five shots, a pair of which were on goal.
Boyle played all 90 minutes, making four saves in the loss, and dropping to 1-1-1 on the year. Nate Van Ryn earned the shutout win for Calvin, improving to 3-0-0 on the campaign.
The Spartans will have a quick turnaround, continuing their four-game home stand on Saturday, September 9th, hosting Brooklyn College at 7:30 p.m. at DiSanto Field.