Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team was limited to four shots on goal as the Bears lost 2-0 at Case Western Reserve University in a University Athletic Association (UAA) match Friday evening.
Washington U. dropped to 6-5-1 overall and 0-3-0 in the UAA with the loss, while Case improved to 8-4-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Bears travel to the University of Rochester for their final road match of the season Sunday, Oct. 19. That match is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (ET) in Rochester, N.Y.
The teams played evenly in the first half with neither team able to capitalize on early scoring opportunities. Junior Jack West gave the Bears their first chance at a goal, but his shot in the 16th minute went just high. After Case also missed a shot high early, Chris Cvecko gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 30th minute when he gained control of a loose ball and was able to put a shot past Washington U. sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Geanon into the bottom right corner of the net. Freshman Andrew Zingone gave the Bears a chance to tie a few minutes later, but his shot also missed high as Case headed to halftime with a 1-0 lead.
Case threatened to add to its lead early in the second half, but Geanon made the save on a header off a corner kick to keep it a one-goal game. In the 52nd minute, Washington U. got a pair of shots, including one by freshman Will Mishra, which was deflected by the Spartans' goalkeeper and hit off the post. Case struck again in the 68th minute when Cvecko found Jacob Grindel in the box and he finished the shot to extend the Spartans' lead to 2-0.
The Spartans finished with a 12-11 edge in total shots in the match, but a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal. Case also had six corner kicks, compared to three for the Bears. Geanon (3-4) tallied a season-high seven saves in the match for the Bears, including six in the second half.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. leads the all-time series between the two teams 24-4 … It was the 19th shutout in the history of the series … Case is just the second team this season to score more than one goal against the Bears.