Despite a strong defensive effort by the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team, a successful penalty kick in the 38th minute by the University of Mount Union proved to be the difference on Sunday in a 1-0 loss for the Spartans in Alliance, Ohio.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 1-1-0 on the year, while Mount Union, playing its opening game of the season, improved to 1-0-0.
The Spartans controlled the pace of play for the majority of the game, outshooting the Purple Raiders 12-3 overall, including a 6-2 edge in shots on goal and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. However, a foul committed in the box by CWRU results in a penalty kick opportunity at the 37:34 mark. Jesse Tinney would convert for Mount Union to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Attempting a comeback, the Spartans applied pressure in the second half, holding a 7-1 advantage in shots during the period. However, CWRU could not find the back of the net for the equalizer, as the Purple Raiders held on for the clean sheet.
Freshman Charlie Fink saved the only shot on goal against him during the course of the play. He is now 1-1-0 on the year with a 0.50 GAA.
Sophomore Connor Weber, junior Zachary Senft and sophomore Seldon Magruder each took two shots for CWRU in the game, including a team-high two shots on goal for Weber.
The Spartans will look to bounce back when they return to action next Friday, September 7th, playing host to Geneva College at DiSanto Field at 7:30 p.m.