CHICAGO, Ill. -- Defensive lapses proved costly as the University of Chicago men's soccer team lost 4-0 to Case Western Reserve University on Sunday.
The Maroons dropped to 7-4-1 overall, 2-2-0 in UAA action. The Spartans improved to 6-4-4, 1-2-1 in conference.
Case kept pressure on UChicago's defense all game and tallied three goals in the first half. Matthew Zembas chipped the ball over the goalie from in close for the first score at 19:34. A cross in front from the right side found Chris Cvecko, who slid and punched the ball in from five yards to make it 2-0 at 30:01. The third goal came on a header by Taylor Fletcher straight off a corner kick at 31:44.
The Spartans owned the midfield and stifled UChicago's forward momentum. At the half, the shots were 10-3 in Case's favor.
The Maroons came out in the second half with urgency and aggressiveness. The hosts took 13 shots in the half compared to four by Case. But the Spartans came up with the final score at 50:46 when Zembas tallied his second goal of the day.
UChicago finished with a 16-14 advantage in shots and an 8-6 lead in corners. Junior midfielder Nick Codispoti led the Maroons with four shots, including three on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Brett Wiesen (7-2-1) made three saves with four goals allowed.