B Page -- Sept 10, 2010


CASE RESERVE SOCCER

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With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-0-1 overall while Kalamazoo falls to 0-2-0.

The two sides played to a scoreless first half with Case holding a 6-3 advantage in shots. The Spartans scored the winner in the 68th minute when junior midfielder Kyle Alsup (Monroeville, PA/Detroit Country Day) found the top left corner of the net for his first goal of 2010.
Alsup

In goal, junior Ben Yabrow (Marietta, GA/George Walton Comprehensive) started and faced three shots in the first half. Sophomore Ryan Koepka (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) took over in the second half and faced one shot to pick up his first career win.

For the game, Case outshot Kalamazoo, 11-4, and did not allow a shot on goal.

Following tomorrow’s match with ONU, the Spartans return home to host cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland.


CSU MEN's SOCCER

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"I thought we outplayed them in the first half," Coach Ali Kazemaini said.

Northwestern's Oliver Kupe gave the Wildcats some momentum early in the second half. Kupe scored twice in less than a minute, both times off quick cross passes in front of the goal.

Despite the lopsided loss, Kazemaini thought his team played pretty well.

"I'm disappointed with the results," Kazemaini said. "And I'm disappointed with how we gave up the goals. But I'm not disappointed with how we've played as a team."

Viking goalkeeper Brad Stuver recorded six saves in the loss.

"Stuver is playing well," Kazemaini said. "He makes the saves that he's supposed to make, and he's remained very confident, which can be hard when your offense isn't scoring more goals. He made some good stops, and the goals he allowed were not because of mistakes he made."

Cleveland State came into the match shorthanded. Several Viking starters have been injured during the first two weeks of the season, including starting forwards Aaron Adkins and Admir Suljevic and midfielder Justin Mancine

"We've been hit with injuries, and our starting lineup lacks experience," Kazemaini said. "It's been good to get a look at some of the freshmen, and we can afford that right now. Hopefully though we'll get a few of these guys back before we open conference play in a couple weeks."

Kazemaini was happy with the play of several of his freshmen, but would like to see them cut down on the mistakes.

"I think some of the freshmen are playing very well," Kazemaini said. "The problem is not that we are getting outplayed, it's that we are just making mistakes. Some of the younger guys get so shocked when we give up a score and start to lose their focus.

"We just need to keep the freshmen's spirits up, and to help them cut down on the mistakes on the field. When they have the ball, they are doing some good things. We can afford to continue looking at these guys in these non-conference games, we just can't afford to continue making unnecessary mistakes."

The loss drops CSU to 1-2 on the year. Northwestern, which was ranked ninth in the preseason in the national coaches' poll, improved to 1-2 on the season.

The Vikings will be back on the field on Sunday (Sept. 12) for a match with the Invitational's host, Northern Illinois. The contest is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

KENT WOMEN's SOCCER

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In A Flash: Freshman Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) leads Kent State with seven points through four games. She is tied for fifth in the Mid-American Conference in points and tied for second in the league with three goals on the year.

Scouting the Flashes: Kent State was out-shot 12-2 in the second half after a strong showing in the game's first stanza as the Golden Flashes lost to Miami (Fla.), 2-0, Sept. 5 in the second day of action at the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic, hosted by FGCU. The Golden Flashes won the opening contest of the tournament, defeating the host Eagles 2-1 after goals by Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) and Kellyn Flanagan (Medina, Ohio) –which came just over two minutes apart in the second half – gave KSU its first win of the season.

Flanagan, who garnered all-tournament team honors, is second in scoring for Kent State with a goal and an assist for three points.

Scouting the Opponent: Pittsburgh (2-4-0) dropped a pair of contests last week, falling 4-0 at N.C. State Sept. 3 before a 1-2 loss to Charlotte. The Panthers are led offensively by Ashley Cuba, who leads the team with three goals after a hat trick in the season-opener against Buffalo, and Katelyn Ruhe, who has four assists on the season.


Next Up: The Golden Flashes travel west to the state of Indiana for a two-game road series. KSU will challenge Indiana Friday, Sept. 17 before facing IUPUI Sunday, Sept. 19. It will be the final non-conference contests of the season for the Golden Flashes.

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