Spartan Men Advance to 8-1 After #7 Kenyon Shutout

Spartan Men Advance to 8-1 After #7 Kenyon Shutout

The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer program defeated seventh-ranked Kenyon College in a 3-0 shutout win at DiSanto Field on Wednesday evening after scoring two goals in the first half and securing the victory with one more goal in the second half.

The win is the seventh-straight victory for the Spartans, who improve to 8-1-0 overall this season, while Kenyon drops to 7-1-1 with the loss.

CWRU has now defeated three top-10 ranked teams in the past three season, with the last two victories coming against then second-ranked Kenyon on September 27, 2016 and against then fourth-ranked Lycoming College on September 23, 2017. All three of the victories have come at home on DiSanto Field.

The Spartans began its scoring with a goal in the 7th minute when senior defender Christian Lytle scored off of a header via a corner kick from junior forward Zachary Senft.

The score remained 1-0 until the 21st minute of the first half, when the Spartans padded their lead with another goal after senior forward Alex Besl received a cross from junior midfielder Garrett Winter and laced a shot into the back of the net. CWRU would take the 2-0 lead into halftime.

After the intermission, the Spartans capped off its scoring with a goal from sophomore defender Nathan Ekberg. Ekberg received a perfect cross from Senft and was able to strike a shot past the Kenyon goalkeeper. The goal was Ekberg's second of the season.

Overall, CWRU outshot the Lords 12-8, including a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal. Ekberg led the way with three shots, while Lytle and Senft each contributed two to the team total.

Freshman goalkeeper Charlie Fink earned the win in goal, making two saves throughout his 90 minutes of action. He improved to 8-1-0 overall on the season.

Case Western Reserve returns to action on Saturday, September 29th when they travel to Waltham Massachusetts to begin University Athletic Association play against Brandeis University. The game is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start.