October 11, 2008

Brandeis, Case men battle to 0-0 draw

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis University men's soccer team battled visiting Case Western Reserve University to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest on Gordon Field today. Brandeis moves to 6-5-1 (0-1-1 UAA), while Case is now 9-2-1 (1-0-1 UAA).

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

      Lynch was tested early, making two of his three first-half saves in the first five minutes of the game 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 another quick start in the second half, but they had an apparent 49th-minute goal called back for being offsides on a rebound after Lynch stymied a blast from Bigart. Brandeis finally got 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 Matt Hohmann (Weymouth, Mass.) cleared a shot by Case's Matt Paglia (Pittsburgh, Pa.) off the line, while Karasek stopped Brandeis sophomore Kyle Gross (Medway, Mass.) on the Judges' counter attack. Lynch came up big again on a corner kick as the first extra session expired.

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

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

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