Men's soccer earns 1-1 tie with Case in UAA opener

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Brandeis University men's soccer team opened its 2005 conference play with a 1-1 draw against Case Western Reserve University in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest today.

Brandeis (6-2-1, 0-0-1 UAA) opened the scoring in the 16th minute when rookie forward Ed Colburn (Dover, Mass.) tallied his third goal of the season. Junior midfielder Mike Snyder (Ashby, Mass.) and sophomore back Brett Fitzgerald (Hubbardston, Mass.) were each credited with assists.

Case (5-3-2, 0-0-1 UAA) found an equalizer just under 10 minutes later. Senior midfielder Jarrod Predina (Seven Hills, Ohio) sent a corner kick into the box in the 26th minute and rookie forward Kevin Bigart (Naperville, Ill.) redirected the ball home with his head. It was just the second goal allowed by the Judges in the first half this season and the first goal allowed in 2005 by sophomore goalkeeper Jake Knoll (Gardner, Mass.).

The host Spartans outshot Brandeis, 6-4, in the second half, although the Judges had the only scoring attempt in the overtime sessions. Knoll finished with six saves on the day, while Case sophomore Chad Skidmore (Centerville, Ohio) made three stops.