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.
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.
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 …