CWRU 2020 Men’s Soccer Senior Feature

Seniors Matt DePeppe, Nathan Ekberg, Andrew Engelmeyer, Seldon Magruder, Connor Weber and Nevo Ziv.

Throughout the week, Case Western Reserve University will be recognizing the seniors on its fall sports teams. While some of their athletic careers may be continuing, we wanted to take some time to show our appreciation for their efforts during the time of the year that would traditionally mark the end of their time as collegiate athletes.

Every day this week, athletics.case.edu will be featuring a virtual senior day ceremony and a short article on each team's senior class. Today's team is men's soccer.

The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer senior class of 2020 – midfielder Matt DePeppe, defender Nathan Ekberg, goalkeeper Andrew Engelmeyer, forward Seldon Magruder, midfielder Connor Weber and midfielder Nevo Ziv – have helped the team compile 29 wins over the past three seasons.

The group has seen the program grow and develop over their time at CWRU. During their second season as Spartans, the team became the most successful in program history as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships in just the program's third all-time tournament appearance. The squad finished with a 16-4-2 overall record and placed seventh in the final United Soccer Coaches Association Division III Top 25 Poll, the highest final mark in program history.

2020 CWRU Men's Soccer Virtual Senior Day Ceremony

"The 2020-2021 seniors are a very special group of guys," said Head Coach Carter Poe. "In the brief period I had working with them and in watching them from afar, they demonstrated an exceptional passion, work-ethic, and dedication to our program. They took CWRU men's soccer to new heights, and our program will be forever grateful for their service."

Magruder and Weber were the offensive players of the group, each seeing success during their times on the team, albeit in different ways. Magruder led the team during his junior season with 13 points on a team-best six goals and one assist. In his three years as a Spartan, Magruder has totaled 20 goals and one assist for 41 points. His 20 goals currently ranks eighth-best in program history. Weber was selected as honorable mention for the All-University Athletic Association team during his junior season, as he finished the year ranked tied for first on the team with three assists and scored one goal for five points. For his career, Weber has totaled 15 assists and four goals for 23 points.

The four other members of the senior class played significant roles on the defensive side of the ball. Ekberg has appeared in 58 games over his career, including 55 as a starter. He was named to the All-UAA First Team as a sophomore and the All-UAA Second Team as a junior. Ziv and DePeppe also made contributions as defensive midfielders during their careers, as Ziv appeared in 51 games and DePeppe played in 29 games. Engelmeyer rounds out the group of seniors, as he appeared in six games in net and allowed only one goal in 94 minutes and 52 seconds of action.

While they all had different roles, the bond they all shared was the soccer team, which was one of the defining experiences of their collegiate careers.

"I came to CWRU as an athlete to compete," said Engelmeyer. "When I got here, I found a family of brothers who will be friends for life. Even after the memories of CWRU have faded, I fully expect the friendships to remain."