The men?s soccer team dropped a 1?1 decision in overtime, losing 4?3 on penalty kicks, on Saturday to the Allegheny College Gators in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Within the first five minutes of the game Gator Josh Johnson sent the ball to the far post of the goal, giving the Gators a 1?0 lead. However, less than eight minutes later CMU sophomore forward Andrew Park sent the ball to sophomore forward Jonathan Browne, who headed the ball past Gator goalie Brian Manougian. The goal, Browne?s 20th of the year, tied up the game 1?1.
Allegheny held the advantage in the first half with eight shots while Carnegie Mellon had five. However, the Tartans fired back in the second half with a 6?3 shot advantage.
Allegheny had a few chances to end the game in the second overtime as two Gators each took shots on the upper corners of the goal. However, senior keeper Dave Thomas stopped both attempts, in addition to stopping six shots all together.
The score would remain tied at the end of regulation as well as through two ten-minute periods of overtime. This forced the game to go into a penalty kick shootout. The Gators defeated the Tartans in penalty kicks with a score of 4?3.
Carnegie Mellon began the shootout as senior forward James Steidel and junior midfielder Dan Matalski both scored on the Gators. Senior defenseman Alex Beck gave CMU its last goal in the shootout to the lower left corner.
CMU had a chance to put the pressure on Allegheny, however, senior defenseman Joe Artuso?s shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced away. At this point the score was tied; then Gator Marc Sciulli scored past Thomas, thus winning the shootout and the game.