Vatne’s 'Golden Goal' Leads to #7 Men’s Soccer OT Win

Vatne’s 'Golden Goal' Leads to #7 Men’s Soccer OT Win

Freshman Matt Vatne's first collegiate goal gave the seventh-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over the College of Wooster on Sunday night at DiSanto Field.

A cross from junior Seldon Magruder deflected off a Wooster defender in the 94th minute. Vatne collected the miss and beat the Wooster keeper to end the match in dramatic fashion.

With the win, the Spartans improved to 2-1-1, and the Fighting Scots dropped to 2-2-0.

In an action-filled first half, both teams put a goal on the scoreboard.

Wooster struck first in the seventh minute. Spartans goalkeeper Charlie Fink was able to save the first shot followed a Scots' corner kick but could not stop the second from Connor Hawkins, and Wooster took the early lead.

The Spartans responded in the 22nd minute to tie the match. A free kick from junior Connor Weber crossed into the box near a few teammates. Junior Nathan Ekberg was there to head the ball to freshman Rafael Perez who headed the ball into the goal. The goal was Perez's second of the season.    

Just a minute later, the Scots threatened to take the lead back. The first shot from Bennett Anderson hit the post. He collected the rebound and shot again but was denied by Fink, diving to his right. Fink finished the match with four saves and earned his second win of the season.

Neither team could break through in the second half. The Spartans controlled possession in the second half, outshooting Wooster 11-3 and earning eight corners to the Scots' two.

The Spartans had a chance to pull ahead in the 64th minute. Scots defenders, including one standing on the goal line, blocked both shots by seniors Zachary Senft and Garrett Winter.

Senft led the squad with nine shots, including four on goal. Magruder added six to the team total.

Case Western Reserve will now travel to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania for their next match to take on Geneva College (2-2) on Wednesday, September 11th. Scheduled kickoff is 7:30 p.m.