Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team takes back-to-back victories

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team wrapped up another undefeated week of soccer by defeating the Point Park Pioneers and the Washington (Mo.) University Bears at Gesling Stadium.

The Tartans won both games 1–0, with senior forward Jonathan Browne scoring the game-winning goal in both matches. Carnegie Mellon is now 9–2 on the season and 2–0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, having beaten the University of Chicago two weeks ago and Washington University this Sunday.

Washington University came into the game with a 6–2–1 record, hungry for their first UAA victory. The two sides battled to a scoreless first half with neither team getting many scoring opportunities.

“We were pleased with the way we played in the first half; we didn’t want to change that much,” assistant coach Matt Crummy said. “We tried to work on some different tactical things, some possible formations and where we wanted to attack from. We were playing a tough opponent and we mainly wanted to keep up the intensity.”

In the 55th minute, standing in front of the back left post, Browne one-timed a shot into the net off a header from first-year midfielder Ryan Browne. The play started on sophomore midfielder Dan Brackley’s throw-in from the right sideline. Brackley’s throw met Ryan Browne’s head in the right side of the 18-yard box, with his header finding Jonathan Browne. “It was a perfect flick through, and I just got on the other end of it and put it in the goal,” Jonathan Browne said.

The Tartans made their one-goal lead stand, thanks to strong defense and sophomore goalie Matthew Bazin. “After we scored we started looking at a couple options, especially so that they couldn’t exploit us, attacking from the wings,” said Crummy. “I thought we did a pretty good job once we got things settled down. [Washington University] was pressing a lot to try and get a goal, but we did a good job keeping them out of the net.”

“We feel like we need to win every conference game,” said Jonathan Browne. “This win was huge, especially with a couple other teams in the UAA losing. We’re in the driver’s seat now, so we needed to take advantage of this game and we did. Everyone gave 110 percent today, and this is what we needed to do and we got the win.”

Against Point Park on Tuesday, Jonathon Browne scored in the 23rd minute when he received a pass from senior midfielder Sean Filipovitz and shot it past Pioneers goalkeeper Steve Fabian. Filipovitz’s cross came from the left end line directly to Browne, who one-timed the pass to the right of the keeper.

Carnegie Mellon didn’t manage to score any more goals, despite having the edge over Point Park in the shot department, 22–6. Jonathan Browne’s goal against Point Park moved him into first place atop the Carnegie Mellon all-time points-scored list.

With that goal he has 103 points in his career (48 goals and seven assists), surpassing Harry Ulrich’s previous record of 102 points set from 1995 to 1998.

“It’s definitely a good feeling breaking a record, but I didn’t want to focus on that,” he said. “I just wanted to focus on the team, as a whole, getting wins. All that mattered was that we got the win [against Point Park]. The record comes second, the team comes first — we always want to get the wins.”

The team will next be in action on Friday when it travels to Brandeis University to take on the Judges in a UAA matchup. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.