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Another game slips away as CWRU men's soccer falls to Oberlin 2-1

Kate Clancy

Issue date: 9/24/10 Section: Sports
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Case Western Reserve University's men's soccer team lost for the second time this season this past Saturday at Oberlin College, falling to 3-2-2 for the season. With two losses and a tie in the last three games, the Spartans are taking this week to practice and focus on getting back into a possession-oriented style of play, which proved very successful in the beginning of the season. The Spartans have a chance to pick themselves up again with a highly anticipated home game this Saturday, Sept. 25, against Heidelberg University.

The loss at Oberlin last week started very similarly to the Spartans' recent loss against Ohio Northern University: a quick goal off of a corner kick by Yeoman Aki Gormezano in the third minute put Oberlin ahead early in the first half.

Senior captain Ryan Michols commented on the team's attitude regarding the early goal, "When you go down a goal early, you need to roll with the punches and continue to play hard. You have to realize there is still a lot of time left in the game, and you need to focus on getting the equalizing goal." The Spartans did just that and kept shooting, waiting for that first one to reach the back of the net. Oberlin keeper Chris Sunby saved a number of the Spartans' shots, until a shot by Spartan senior Alex King ricocheted off the crossbar and senior Vinny Bell headed the rebound in for the equalizer.

CWRU came out shooting in the second half, having three shots fly high and wide in the first four minutes. Almost a third of the way into the half, Oberlin's Oliver Miller-Farrrell was issued a red card when he deliberately cleated a player that was down after the play. The Spartans failed to take advantage of the call: less than a minute later Spartan Sam Kuehnle was issued a yellow card, and the Yeomen were awarded a free kick in scoring position. This free kick into the box by Oberlin's Alen Cisija met Wyatt Hayman who slotted the goal, giving Oberlin a 2-1 lead.

As the remainder of the game played out, CWRU continued to attack when they had the chance, shooting eight times in the following 20 minutes. None of the shots would connect with the back of the net. The Spartan's last hope fell in the final two minutes of the game, where shots by Ross Twanmoh and Vinny Bell both went wide as Oberlin held on for the win.
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