Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 12, 2018 – The No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's soccer team suffered its first conference loss of the season with a 1-0 defeat at No. 19 Case Western Reserve University Friday in Cleveland.
Case improved to 10-2-1 and 1-1-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), while WashU fell to 5-5-1 and 1-1-1 in the UAA.
WashU outshot Case 11-9, including 7-1 in the second half. The Bears also had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
WashU fell behind 1-0 in the 27th minute after a shot by Zachary Senft hit the post and Alex Besl was there for the rebound in the open net.
The Bears were limited to four shots in the opening half, but did not put one on frame. Case had the 8-4 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes of play.
WashU came out strong in the second half and senior Ryan Sproule almost tied it in the 52ndbut his volley from inside the box was corralled by goalkeeper Charlie Fink.
Sophomore Will Sproule came off the bench and got a great opportunity in the 88thminute, but his left-footed shot was saved by Fink. The freshman goalkeeper for Case had three saves in the win.
Freshman Matt Martin (2-2) made one save and took the loss in goal for WashU.
WashU takes on No. 13 Carnegie Mellon University (8-2-2, 1-2 UAA) Sunday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. (ET) in Pittsburgh.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Case 27-5, and the Spartans snapped a three-game losing skid to the Bears … WashU was shutout for the first time in eight games … The Bears have outshot nine of 11 opponents this season … WashU is 1-1-1 against ranked teams.