Brandeis, Case men battle to 0-0 draw

Brandeis, Case men battle to 0-0 draw

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis University men's soccer teambattled visiting Case Western Reserve University to a 0-0 tie after110 minutes in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest onGordon Field today. Brandeis moves to 6-5-1 (0-1-1 UAA), while Caseis now 9-2-1 (1-0-1 UAA).

      The Spartans, ranked No. 5 in theGreat Lakes region, owned a 16-10 edge in overall shots and 9-3 inshots on goal. Brandeis sophomore goalie MattLynch (Weymouth, Mass.) was outstanding in his secondcollegiate start, making eight saves. Case senior Konrad Karasek(Prospect Heights, Ill.) had three stops for the visitors.

      Lynch was tested early, makingtwo of his three first-half saves in the first five minutes of thegame off Spartan free kicks. Case senior midfielder Kevin Bigart(Naperville, Ill.) hit the crossbar in the 16th minute,but the Brandeis defense settled down for the rest of the half.

      The Spartans got off to anotherquick start in the second half, but they had an apparent49th-minute goal called back for being offsides on arebound after Lynch stymied a blast from Bigart. Brandeis finallygot a shot on goal when rookie Evan Ersing(Beverly, Mass.) got one off, but Karasek made the stop.

Early in the first overtime, Brandeis sophomore MattHohmann (Weymouth, Mass.) cleared a shot by Case's MattPaglia (Pittsburgh, Pa.) off the line, while Karasek stoppedBrandeis sophomore Kyle Gross (Medway, Mass.) onthe Judges' counter attack. Lynch came up big again on a cornerkick as the first extra session expired.

Brandeis had the better chance in the second OT off a cornerkick. Rookie midfielder Luke Teece (Tuscon, Ariz.)had one shot blocked by a Case defender, while Karasek gobbled uphis rebound attempt.

The Judges are next in action on Friday evening at theUniversity of Chicago in another UAA contest, while Case is inAtlanta for a conference showdown with Emory.