Men’s Soccer Loses Heartbreaker in Overtime at Case Western

Pictured: Chewy Gordon (photo credit: Spencer Dilyard)
Pictured: Chewy Gordon (photo credit: Spencer Dilyard)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Capital University Men's Soccer hit the road on Saturday as the 22nd-ranked team in the country to put its undefeated record on the line at Case Western Reserve University. After 90 minutes of scoreless action though, the Spartans got the best of the Crusaders just second into overtime and handed Capital its first loss of the season 1-0.

With the Spartans on the ball in overtime, Zachary Senft sent a cross into the left side of the box to Maximillian Klemm. Klemm was able to keep possession on that left side, tap the ball past keeper Logan Wiedman and into the goal just 17 seconds after the overtime period started. The loss was Capital's first in 2018 and it was the first time that the Crusaders failed to score a goal all season.

Capital's offense was stifled for the majority of the game with only eight total shots, four in each half. Case Western took only five shots in the first half but 11 in the second and the one in overtime to hold a 17-8 advantage. The Spartans also had seven corners to Capital's six.

Capital started the game on the offensive with both Chewy Gordon and Jamie Robson getting shots off in the first 10 minutes with the strike from Gordon requiring a save from Case keeper Charlie Fink. Capital had a chance to go ahead in the 44th minute with a header from Tristan Bentley but he directed the attempt wide.

In the second half, Robson and Luke Morais let shots fly in the first five minutes but had no luck. Case Western had a chance to take the lead in the 81st minute but a shot from Senft hit the post. The final chance in regulation came in the 88th minute, a Case Western shot that was blocked.

Case's keeper Fink made four saves and Wiedman made seven. Gordon took three of Capital's shots.

Now 4-1, Capital will play their third road game in a row on Wednesday, Sept. 19 ay the College of Wooster. That game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff.