Case Western Reserve University junior midfielder Garrett Winter scored a pair of goals on Friday night, including the game winning 'golden goal' with 2:05 remaining in the second and final overtime period, to lead the Spartans to a 4-3 win over Geneva College at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
The win raised the Spartans' record to 2-1-0 on the year, while Geneva dropped to 0-3-1 with the setback.
The two teams came out of a back-and-forth second half tied at 3-3. After the first 17 minutes of overtime passed by mostly uneventfully, the Spartans were able to mount a late attack for the game winner. In the 108th minute, sophomore midfielder Nevo Ziv sent a pass to the middle of the field, finding Winter, who sent a shot from 28 yards out on the right hash mark past the Geneva keeper for the match clinching score.
It was the Spartans' first overtime win since former Spartan Michael Balog's overtime game winner against Emory last season on October 29.
Case Western Reserve applied the pressure to the Geneva defense early and often in the first half, led on the attack by junior midfielder Zachary Senft, who took five shots, including a pair on goal, during the first half of play. Senft took advantage of a miscue by the Golden Tornadoes' goalkeeper in the 17th minute, intercepting a clearance attempt and lofting a return shot into an empty net from 28 yards out to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. It was his first goal of the season.
The Spartans would go on to take 13 shots during the opening period, including seven on goal, while the CWRU defense held Geneva without a shot over the first 45 minutes of the game.
Geneva would get its first shot of the game in the 52nd minute and begin to build momentum. After a shot by CWRU sophomore Nevo Ziv hit off the crossbar, the Golden Tornadoes launched on a counter attack. A long pass up the field by Liam O'Halloran found Alex Yoder, who out-maneuvered a defender and finished with a shot into the net for his first goal of the campaign. It marked the first goal allowed by the Spartans in the run-of-play this season.
The Spartans would regain the lead in the 67th minute on Winter's first goal of the game, an arching shot from approximately 30 yards out over the reach of the Geneva keeper off an assist from Senft, his first of the campaign. The Golden Tornadoes responded again shortly thereafter, scoring in the 71st minute on Kevin Pasho's third goal of the year, knotting the score at 2-2.
In the 75th minute, sophomore midfielder Connor Weber served a long ball into the six-yard box, finding sophomore forward Seldon Magruder on a run. Magruder connected on it, deflecting it into the goal for his first score of the season, with Weber collecting his first assist of the year on the play. However, Geneva would tie the score once again, with Cole Sauer scoring his first goal of the campaign unassisted in the 82nd minute. The score would hold at 3-3 until Winter's game winning with 2:05 remaining in the contest.
The two goals in the game give Winter a team-leading three goals and six total points on the campaign. Senft finished the game with seven total shots, including four on goal, and is second on the squad with three points this year.
Freshman goalkeeper Charlie Fink went the distance for CWRU in goal, improving to 2-1-0 on the campaign. The Spartans defense held the Golden Tornadoes to seven total shots, with just three on goal, while CWRU amassed 29 total shots, including 15 on target.
The Spartans will have a quick turnaround, traveling to Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio tomorrow night for a 7:00 p.m. meeting with the Yeomen.