Besl Fuels Late Rally to Lead Spartans to 2-2 2OT Tie with Oberlin

Besl Fuels Late Rally to Lead Spartans to 2-2 2OT Tie with Oberlin

Case Western Reserve University junior Alex Besl had a part in each of two late goals for the Spartans on Wednesday evening, helping the team overcome a late deficit in a 2-2 double overtime tie against Oberlin College at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

The tie brought the Spartans' record to 4-5-2 on the year, while Oberlin also moved to 4-5-2 following the result.

The Spartans fell behind early on a goal by Oberlin's Jack Millin, his sixth of the season, in the 21st minute of the game.  After the goal, CWRU would outshoot the Yeomen 5-2 the remainder of the half, but could not find the equalizer.  Besl registered the best opportunity of the period for the Spartans, launching a shot from the middle of the field and 20 yards out with 9:21 remaining in the period that sailed just high of frame.  Case Western Reserve finished the first half with a 6-5 edge in total shot, with each squad registering a shot on goal during the period.

CWRU played more aggressively in the second half, outshooting the Yeomen 17-6 during the final 45 minutes of regulation.  However, despite the shot deficit, Oberlin was able to extend their lead on Timothy William's 11th goal of the campaign in the 67th minute.

The Spartans' comeback began with just over 17 minutes remaining in regulation.  After a Besl header bounced off the far post, junior Christian Lytle was able to collect the rebound in front of the sent and return the ball on frame and past the Oberlin keeper for his first career goal at the 72:55 mark.

The Spartans would strike again with the equalizer less than seven minutes later.  Sophomore Taylor Hosley served a ball into the six-yard box from the far side of the field.  Besl, on a run to the far post, was able to get a head on the ball, sending into the back of the net to knot the score at 2-2 in the 80th minute of play.

The goal and the assist in Wednesday's game gave Besl four goals and two assists on the campaign for 10 points, as the junior leads all Spartan players in all three categories.  He finished the game with eight shots, including four on goal, leading all players in Wednesday's game, while playing 108 minutes.

The Spartans continued to attack, ending the game with a 27-18 edge in total shots and an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal, but could not connect on the game winner in regulation, or a 'golden goal' during either of the two 10-minute overtime periods.

Senior Michael Balog came off the bench to add five shots, including three on goal, while sophomore Zachary Senft finished with five shots, and junior Paul Darmstadter launched four shots, with a pair on target.  Senior goalkeeper Calvin Boyle played all 110 minutes in the game, making three saves.

The Spartans will be begin a three-game conference road swing starting this Saturday, October 7th, when the team travels to New York University for an 11:00 a.m. game against the Violets.