Men’s soccer drops two games at home
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team hosted two University Athletic Association (UAA) matches at Gesling Stadium this weekend. The Tartans took on the Case Western Reserve University Spartans on Friday and the University of Rochester Yellowjackets on Sunday, losing to both teams. The Tartans’ overall record moves to 10–5 and 3–3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).
Due to difficult weather conditions with constant rain and wind chill on Friday, neither the Tartans nor the Spartans were able to score in the first half. However, in the 58th minute, Case forward Justin Steggerda received a ball from teammate Kevin Bigart and cranked the ball past Carnegie Mellon sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Bazin.
A moment later, the Tartans were down by two when Bigart deflected a corner kick from Case forward R.J. French into the back of the net. Despite the Tartans out-shooting the Spartans 15–10, Carnegie Mellon was unable to capitalize on its chances and get past Case goalkeeper Konrad Karasek, who stopped five shots while Bazin made two saves. The Tartans lost 2–0.
With Carnegie Mellon’s difficulty regrouping from Friday’s loss and Sunday’s windy conditions, the team struggled to stay in the game against Rochester. The Tartans fell behind in the fourth minute when Rochester forward Tyler Green passed the ball to midfield teammate Brian Tuohy, who shot the ball from 20 yards. The ball hit the inside of the right post before it went in.
It was not until the 70th minute that the Tartans scored the equalizing goal. Carnegie Mellon first-year defender Jonathan Hall passed a long ball to senior forward, Jonathan Browne, who capitalized on his opportunity and struck the ball into the upper corner of the net.
Ten minutes later, Rochester midfielder Patrick Ripp, took the corner kick that Green tapped in behind Carnegie Mellon’s defense. With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, the Tartans put up a good fight against the Yellowjackets but to no avail, losing 2–1.
The Tartans once again out-shot their opponents 12–11, and Bazin made six saves while Rochester goalkeeper Paco Corbalan stopped four shots.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” Bazin said. “The weekend before we lost to NYU, and on Friday with awful weather it was just bad, and today there was a high wind factor. We have been playing well. They have been great in front of me. I wish I could keep a couple [goals] out though.”
“This weekend was just tough losses. We were unlucky in some situations. We dominated a lot of the play,” assistant coach Rob Czlonka said. “We just need to get healthy for next week, come out for our last game, and play our hardest.”
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team will conclude its regular season against UAA opponent Emory University at home on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.