The Case Western Reserve Universitymen’s soccer team suffered both a mentally and physically tough loss against New York University last Saturday, Oct. 10, 2-0. Although the Spartans had home field advantage, they could not connect with the back of the net against the Violets. The loss drops the Spartans to 6-3-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in the University Athletic Association conference.
The Spartans prefaced their conference matchup with a high scoring 4-2 win over Penn State Behrend just three days prior, giving the Lions only their second loss of the season. The momentum of some high scoring games and a No. 10 ranking from the Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) gave the Spartans confidence heading into the match. The Spartans entered ready to prove their offense, but the Violet defense was overpowering, and NYU, with two quick goals, took the match.
Both teams came out playing physically and aggressively, however each team’s net minder saw little action in the first half of the game. Only three shots were taken on goal in the first 45 minutes; all three coming courtesy of the Spartans. Violet keeper Matt Stieve made two big saves and the half ended with neither team having opened their account.
Despite the slower first period, the Violet offense came alive after the half, and made its move as NYU tallied two goals within minutes of each other. First, Kyle Green scored with an assist by Paolo Luciano, and later returned the favor by setting up Luciano for the second. NYU’s scorers Green and Luciano scored their 6th and 8th goals of the season, respectively.Green was also named UAA Athlete of the Week thanks to his efforts against CWRU. The Spartans tried to catch up, but NYU defense stood tough as this physical game came to a close. Overall, CWRU outshot NYU 6-3, but in the end the Spartans were unable to convert
This win raises NYU to 7-2-2 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play, good enough for a share of first place in the UAA.The Spartans still have time to make a stand in the conference. This weekend, two tough UAA competitors will travel to Case Fieldto compete with the CWRU Spartans. On Friday, Oct. 15, the Spartans will match up against the nationally ranked No. 18 Washington University in an evening game starting at 7:30pm.The Bears are undefeated on the season, with an overall record of 9-0-3 and are tied for first in the UAA. After one day for recovery, the Spartans will take the field Sunday afternoon at 1:30p.m. against the University of Chicago. Chicago is 7-4 overall on season and is tired for fourth in the UAA with CWRU at 1-1. This weekend will marks the Spartans’ final conference home games, and they look to take two wins to kickoff the rest of their conference schedule on the road.