Late Spartans’ Comeback Attempt Falls Short in 2-1 Loss to No. 5 John Carroll

Late Spartans’ Comeback Attempt Falls Short in 2-1 Loss to No. 5 John Carroll

A late goal by junior forward Seldon Magruder helped the Spartans cut into a two-goal deficit, but Case Western Reserve ultimately could not complete the comeback attempt in a 2-1 loss to fifth-ranked John Carroll University at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday evening.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-2-2 overall, while the Blue Streaks remained unblemished on the season, improving to 7-0-0.

Magruder struck for his second goal of the campaign in the 79th minute of action.  Senior outside back Brian Woo setup the goal with a quick throw in from the far side of the field, springing Magruder on a run into the box.  Magruder created just enough space between he and his defender, launching a shot past the keeper and into the net as he moved toward the end line.  Woo earned his first assist of the year on the goal.

The goal was the 16th of Magruder's career, leaving him one shy of cracking the top-10 goal scorers in the program's history.

However, the goal proved to be too little too late for the Spartans, who surrendered a score in each half to the Blue Streaks to fall behind 2-0.  John Carroll's Justin LaFountain put his team on the board just 12 minutes into the game, heading in a cross from Justin Brown for his second goal of the campaign.  The score remained 1-0 until the 50th minute, when Brown struck for a goal of his own, scoring off a pass from Lawrence Cersosimo to extend John Carroll's lead to a pair of goals.

Despite taking the loss, the Spartans finished the game with a 13-5 advantage in shots and a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.  Magruder and senior midfielder Zachary Senft each took a game-high four shots on Wednesday for the Spartans.

Sophomore Charlie Fink started the game in goal, allowing one goal in 16 minutes and 15 seconds of action, while freshman Jackson Kallen relieved him in the 17th minute and played the rest of the contest, allowing the second goal of the game.

Case Western Reserve will look to rebound this weekend, when the team travels to Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan on Saturday, September 21st.  The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.