CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three players scored as the Case Western Reserve defeated DePauw 3-0 in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship on Saturday evening at Case Field.

Case improved to 15-4 for the season and earns the second NCAA tourney victory in school history (also 2006 versus Denison). DePauw's season ends at 16-3-1.

The Spartans broke a scoreless tie in the second half when junior midfielder Eric Erb collected a loose ball in front of the net, and after having several attempts blocked, fired a shot past DePauw goalkeeper Nathan Sprenkel at the 67:24 mark.

The lead grew to 2-0 in the 86th minute when senior forward Vinny Bell spun past a defender and nailed a shot from 10 yards out via an assist from freshman forward Patrick O'Day.

O'Day iced the match less than a minute later at 86:36 with a tapper following a throw-in by junior midfielder Kostis Theoharides.

For the match, Case outshot DePauw 19-5 while each team attempted five corner kicks.

In net, senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow recorded three saves including a fine diving stop on an Alex Johnson header late in the match.