Soccer season comes to a close

Evan Rose, Contributing Reporter

Case Western Reserve University’s men’s soccer team played their final match of the 2014 season on Saturday, ending with a 2-0 loss to the University of Rochester and putting themselves out of reach of the NCAA playoffs. The men and women’s teams encountered their losses on the same day, both losing to the Rochester Yellowjackets and ending their seasons.

At Rochester’s Fauver Stadium, the 8-6-4 Spartans were shut out by a 9-5-3 team that won the University Athletic Association conference championship one year previously. Case was heavily limited by their lack of scoring opportunities, recording only one shot on goal as opposed to Rochester’s seven.

The match started off strong for the Spartans, with a blocked shot in the first minute of play. However, Rochester quickly fired back with a goal in the 11th minute, scored by Ben Keeton into the top right corner from 20 yards out.

The Yellowjackets extended their lead in the 29th minute with a close goal by Alex Swanger, bringing their lead up to 2-0 over the Spartans.

After the first two Rochester goals, the game was fairly uneventful; neither team scored in the final 60 minutes of play.

Freshman goalkeeper Calvin Boyle added five to his save total this game, bringing his mark on the season to 80. However, his opponent Michael Shatkin only needed one to hold off the Spartans.

Although the endings of the game and season did not go as hoped, Case bettered its win total, achieving victory in two more matches than last year, and appeared in the NCAA Great Lakes regional ranking for the first time since 2011.

Sophomore midfielder Chris Cvecko was the Spartans’ season points leader, earning 18 points over the season. Cvecko and freshman forward Michael Balog tied for goals scored over the season, each scoring seven. Both were only two goals away from Eric Erb’s 10th all-time mark, set in 2011.

The Spartans ended their season with an 8-6-4 overall record, 2-3-2 in conference. They will begin again in late August of 2015.