CSU soccer players lined up before their Oct. 29 game against Wright State.
Credit: DeAndré Patrick
CSU soccer players line up before their match against Wright State on Oct. 29, at Krenzler Field, Cleveland.

CSU men’s soccer wins Horizon League tournament

The Vikings defeated IUPUI 3-0 to claim their first Horizon League championship since 2012.

Cleveland State University’s men’s soccer team claimed their first Horizon League tournament title since 2012 when they beat IUPUI 3-0 on Saturday. 

Senior Albert Portas got CSU off to a fast start when he scored the game’s opening goal in the 27th minute to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. 

Neither team would strike again in the half as the Vikings held IUPUI scoreless and led 1-0 at halftime. 

Vikings senior Jannis Schmidt opened the second half with a goal to give his team a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute. Freshman Pablo Kawecki added another goal in the 73rd minute to extend CSU’s lead over IUPUI to 3-0.

The Vikings held onto their lead and defeated the Jaguars 3-0 to claim their second Horizon League tournament championship in school history. 

With their tournament victory, CSU will advance to the NCAA men’s soccer College Cup. The Vikings have a chance to compete for a national title with the first round of the tournament beginning on Nov. 17.