#19 Spartans Fall to #4 Calvin 3-1 in NCAA Quarterfinals

#19 Spartans Fall to #4 Calvin 3-1 in NCAA Quarterfinals

The 19th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team saw its historic 2018 campaign come to a close on Saturday evening, falling to fourth-ranked Calvin College 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championships at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Spartans' quarterfinal finish was the best in the history of the CWRU men's soccer program, which ended its 2018 campaign with a 16-4-2 overall record.  Calvin improved to 21-1-0 with the win.

Case Western Reserve struck first in the contest, taking a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a goal by sophomore forward Seldon Magruder.  Magruder came up the right side of the field, launching a shot from inside the 18-yard box into the upper corner at the 36:44 mark for his eighth goal of the season.

The Spartans lead would be short-lived, as the Knights made a late push at the end of the half, and a handball inside the box after a Calvin corner called against CWRU at the 43:42 mark resulted in a penalty kick.  Calvin's Jacob Witte converted the penalty, evening the score at 1-1.

Hunter Olson would give the Knights their first lead of the game with his 13th goal of the season in the 64th minute, off an assist from Witte.  CWRU would continue to threaten to even the score, but Calvin senior Lucas Albrecht put the game out of reach with his 11th goal of the year in the 81st minute of play, extending the Knights' lead to 3-1.

Calvin finished the game with a 17-10 edge in total shots, including a 7-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Senior Alex Besl ended his collegiate career by taking three shots in the game to lead all CWRU players, including one on goal.  Magruder added two shots, including the score.  Freshman goalkeeper Charlie Fink made four saves in the contest.

The loss concludes the 2018 campaign for the Spartans.