Magruder’s ‘Golden Goal’ Caps Off Comeback Victory at John Carroll

Magruder’s ‘Golden Goal’ Caps Off Comeback Victory at John Carroll

Case Western Reserve University sophomore Seldon Magruder scored the game-winning 'golden goal' just over two minutes into overtime to secure a 2-1 come-from-behind victory for the Spartans at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio on Wednesday night.

The win marked the Spartans' second overtime victory in their last three games, as the squad improved to 4-1-0 overall with its third-straight win.

Magruder's game winner came at the 92:18 mark of the game, on the first and only shot of the overtime period by either team.  It was his second goal of the campaign, while junior Marques Manta assisted on the score, his first of the year.

Earlier in the game, the two teams battled to a scoreless first half, before John Carroll's Chad Kanakkanatt struck for a go-ahead goal just 11 seconds into the second half.

However, the goal spurred the Spartans to play more aggressively, outshooting the Blue Streaks 10-5 in the second period alone.  The effort finally paid off at the 78:28 mark, with freshman Peter Dernelle registering the equalizer, scoring the first goal of his collegiate career off an assist from junior Garrett Winter.

It was the first assist of the season for Winter, who leads all Spartan players this season with a career-high nine points.  He has registered a goal or an assist in three-straight games, and in all four of the team's wins this season.

The score remained tied through the rest of regulation and into overtime, before Magruder broke through for the game winner in the 93rd minute of play.

CWRU finished the game with a 17-10 edge in total shots, including an 8-5 edge in shots on goal.  Winter, Manta and junior Zachary Senft each managed a team-high three shots in the game.

Freshman Charlie Fink played the entirety of the game in goal for the fifth-straight game, making four saves and earning the win to improve to 4-1-0 for the year.

The three-game winning streak is the Spartans' longest since a three-game stretch from October 16 – 24, 2015.

Case Western Reserve will look to keep their momentum going this weekend, when the team returns home to DiSanto Field to host Capital University, ranked 22nd in Division III, at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.