Filipovitz nets game-winner
Senior Sean Filipovitz slammed home a loose ball in the box to give the Carnegie Mellon men?s soccer team a 2?1 victory Friday night over Case Western Reserve, the seventh straight win for the Tartans, ranked 19th in their division.
Filipovitz?s goal came in the 80th minute after a corner kick by Daniel Mastalski resulted in a scrum in front of the net. When the ball squirted to the side, Filipovitz was standing all alone to drill it by Case goalie Chad Skidmore.
It was a physical, hard-fought game for CMU (12?1?1), which was playing its first game on the road in nearly a month. Jon Brown, the school?s all-time scoring leader, opened the game with a breakaway goal in the 18th minute. The score came off a long through pass from first-year Daniel Brackley. Just six minutes later, though, Case (8?7?2) tied the game on a goal by R.J. French, who headed in a direct kick just outside the box.
In the second half, CMU had numerous chances to pull away. A hand ball in the box gave the Tartans a penalty kick, but Filipovitz?s attempt was knocked away by Skidmore. Minutes later, Jonathan Browne missed a point-blank try just over the bar. Then, in the 66th minute, Will Schlough nudged a header inches wide.
Case?s best opportunity came on a counterattack in the 55th minute, when Matt Paglia ripped a left-footed shot off of the post. Case managed only one other shot on goal in the entire 90 minutes.
Earlier in the night, the 25th-ranked women?s soccer team fell to Case 1?0. CMU
(10?2?2) dominated the action and outshot the Spartans 18?4, but could not put any of their chances away. Amber Taylor scored for Case on an unassisted breakaway in the 66th minute.
With the loss, CMU will likely drop out of the top 25, but the team is still in position to make its first trip to the NCAA tournament in five years. The Tartans conclude their season on November 5 against Emory University. NCAA tournament selections begin after that date.