The 19th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team will continue postseason play this weekend, when the team plays host to the sectional rounds of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship at DiSanto Field on Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th.
Along with the Spartans, teams advancing to play in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend include fourth-ranked Calvin College, 10th-ranked Kenyon College and Penn State – Behrend. The team that advances through the sectional rounds this weekend will advance to the semifinals of the tournament on November 30th in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Friday, November 16th
5:00 PM - #19 CWRU vs. #10 Kenyon
7:30 PM - #4 Calvin vs. Penn St. – Behrend
Saturday, November 17th
7:00 PM – Sectional Final
To view the complete draw for the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships, go to https://www.ncaa.com/brackets/soccer-men/d3/2018.
Tickets prices for each game this weekend will be as follows:
General admission: $6.00
Student w/ID & Senior Citizens: $3.00
Children (ages 3-12): $2.00
Children under 3: Free
In addition, the first 100 CWRU students (with an ID) will receive free admission to the CWRU games. The tickets will be available in the ticket booth located on the side of the field nearest the Wyant Athletic Center.
For more information on the event, including directions, parking information and a visitor's guide, visit the official tournament website at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/msoc/2018-19/2018_NCAA_Sectional_Rounds.
Fans unable to attend the matches can follow all of the action during the weekend with a live video webcast and live statistics. Links for each of those games can be found on the official tournament website at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/msoc/2018-19/2018_NCAA_Sectional_Rounds.
Case Western Reserve will be playing in the sectional round of the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in program history. The Spartans will enter this weekend ranked 19th in the final United Soccer Coaches Regular Season poll, and first in the Great Lakes Region. CWRU holds a 16-3-1 overall record during the season, including a home ledger of 12-1-0.
The Spartans have scored 50 goals this season on 332 shots, including 156 on goal, and are ranked tied for 40th in Division III with 2.50 goals-per game. Junior forward Zachary Senft leads all CWRU players with 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points. Junior midfielder Garrett Winter ranks second on the team with 24 points (nine goals, six assists), while senior forward Alex Besl ranks third with 21 points (nine goals, three assists).
CWRU's strength this season has been its defense, which will enter the weekend ranked 78th in Division III with a .879 goals-against average after yielding just 18 goals during the year. Led by senior Christian Lytle, sophomore Nathan Ekberg and junior Brian Woo, the Spartans have held opponents to 10.3 shots and 4.3 shots on goal per game, and have recorded seven shutouts. In goal, freshman Charlie Fink has started all 20 games, ranking 80th in Division III with a .861 goals-against average and 133rd with a 0.785 save percentage.
Case Western Reserve is led by Head Coach Brandon Bianco, who has compiled a 55-38-16 record during his six seasons with the Spartans. Bianco is assisted by Charlie Reymann and goalkeeper coach Chris Black.
#10 Kenyon Lords
Kenyon will be making its second trip to DiSanto Field this season, after falling to the Spartans, 3-0, on September 26th. The team is 18-1-2 overall on the year, including a 7-1-1 road record and an 8-1-1 mark in road and neutral games.
Offensively, the Lords are ranked seventh in Division III with 3.43 goals per game, totaling 72 goals in their 21 contests during the year off 395 shots and 180 shots on goal. The majority of the team's attack has come from senior David Anderson (12 goals and two assists) and junior Philippe Stengel (six goals and five assists).
Kenyon's .504 goals-against average is ranked 9th among Division III teams, allowing 11 goals during the year and shutting out 13 opponents. Sophomore Ian McInturf has started all 21 games in goal for the Lords, and ranks 11th in Division III with a .519 goals-against average. Their backline has restricted the opposition to 124 shots, with 48 shots on goal, averages of 5.9 shots and 2.3 per game.
The Lords are under the leadership of Chris Brown, who is in his 14th year with the team. He is assisted by Darren Moore, Gabe Haynes and JJ Jemison.
#4 Calvin Knights
Calvin will be entering the sectional round of the NCA Tournament for the fourth-straight year, and were ranked fourth in the final United Soccer Coaches Regular Season poll. The team is 19-1-0 overall this season, including marks of 9-0 in road contests and 11-0 in road and neutral contests.
Calvin has been the top offensive team in the country this season, scoring 84 goals in 20 games and entering this weekend ranked first in Division III with 4.20 goals per game. The squad has totaled 446 shots during the year, including 212 on goal. The Knights leading scorer this season has been senior Bobby McCaw, who is fourth in Division III with 52 points on 20 goals and 12 assists. Three other players – senior Jacob Witte (16 goals, six assists), junior Hunter Olson (11 goals, seven assists) and junior Ian Adams (five goals, 16 assists) – have registered more than 25 points this year.
The Knights defense has yielded just nine goals during the year, good for a .454 goals-against average, the sixth-best mark among D-III teams. Sophomore Chris Morrish has started 19 games in goal for Calvin, recording a 0.40 goals-against average and .844 save percentage in 1,561 minutes of play. The defense has allowed 4.85 shots and 2.6 shots on goal per game this season.
The Knights are led by Head Coach Ryan Souders, who is now in his seventh season at Calvin, with the team notching a record of 135-17-7 over the past seven years. He is assisted by Stephan Hooker and Sean Broekhuizen.
Penn State Behrend Lions
Penn State Behrend has had an historic run this season as they have posted a 16-3-2, including 10 straight wins. The Lions are 6-2-0 in road contests this season.
Penn St. - Behrend is 22nd in Division III with 2.76 goals per game this year, scoring 58 goals in 21 games. Senior Dakota Lange is the squad's leading scorer, as he has totaled 21 points on nine goals and three assists. As a team, Behrend has taken 350 shots, 169 of which have been on goal.
The Lions 0.60 team goals-against average is the 22nd-best mark in Division III in 2018, with the team ceding 13 goals to its opponents. Senior Chris Ralph has started 20 games, recording a 0.67 GAA and a .831 save percentage, while the defense has held the opposition to 9.6 shots and 3.95 shots on goal per game, with clean sheets in 13 games.
Penn State Behrend is coached by Dan Perritano, who is now in his 25th season with the team. He is assisted by David Krems, Matt Dziadosz and John Parente.