Quick Start Lifts No. 11 CWRU Men’s Soccer to 3-1 Win over Westminster

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Oct 22, 2018

The 11th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team struck for two goals in the first 10 minutes, en route to a 3-1 win over Westminster College in the Spartans’ regular-season home finale at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night.The win was the third-straight for the Spartans, who improved to 12-2-1 overall, while ending their home slate with a 10-1-0 overall mark, and their non-conference schedule with a 10-1-0 record.  The Westminster loss ended a four-match winning streak for the Titans, who fell to 11-4-0 overall.Facing a Westminster defense that had yielded just 11 goals all season, the Spartans wasted little time taking a lead.  CWRU struck just 23 seconds into the game, as senior forward Alex Besl was sprung on a run down the near sideline on a pass from junior midfielder Garrett Winter.  Besl drove to the end line before sending a pass into the six-yard box that was redirected into the goal by junior midfielder Marques Manta with 44:37 remaining in the opening half.  It was Manta’s second goal of the season, while Besl secured his third assist of the year.
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A long free kick in the 10th minute of the game helped the Spartans extend their lead to 2-0 nine minutes and 43 seconds into the game.  Sophomore midfielder Connor Weber took the free kick from 56 yards out, sending it into the six-yard box, where sophomore defender Nathan Ekberg headed it in for his third goal of the campaign.  Weber picked up his fourth assist of the year on Ekberg’s goal.
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Case Western Reserve continued to apply pressure throughout the opening half, outshooting the Titans 11-3 during the first 45 minutes, including 5-1 advantages in both shots on goal and corner kicks, and carried the 2-0 lead into the break.  CWRU increased its lead to 3-0 with 38:32 remaining in …

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