Men’s soccer wins two, remains undefeated
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team added the Grove City Wolverines and the Juniata Eagles to their list of defeated opponents this past week to improve to a spotless 5–0 on the season.
The Tartans beat Grove City 2–0 on the road Tuesday and followed that up with a 3–1 win over Juniata Saturday night at Gesling Stadium. The team is now ranked ninth in the www.D3kicks.com top-25 poll announced September 12. They are also ranked 21st in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll and ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic region poll.
The Tartans needed strong second halves in both games to collect victories. Against Grove City, the teams battled to a scoreless first half, but first-year midfielder Ryan Browne changed that when he placed a direct free kick from 20 yards out into the net in the 53rd minute.
First-year midfielder Ricky Griffin added an insurance goal in the 64th minute after receiving a pass from senior forward Will Schlough and on the ensuing breakaway blasted the ball inside the near post.
Against Juniata, Carnegie Mellon gave up their first goal of the season, resulting in their first deficit of the season, trailing 1–0 at the half. The second half proved to be Carnegie Mellon’s half yet again, as they punched in three goals to put the game out of reach en route to their victory.
Sophomore midfielder Dan Brackley notched the equalizer in the 55th minute when he one-timed a cross off a corner kick from senior midfielder Sean Filipovitz into the back of the net for the first goal of his career.
Filipovitz scored the go-ahead goal five minutes later off a pass from first-year forward Patrick Lutz when he made the most of an open shot from the left side. He booted the ball into the right corner of the goal from 15 yards out. “Pat beat half their defense, and I just tried to help him out and finish it for him,” said Filipovitz.
Senior forward Will Schlough rounded out the scoring for the Tartans in the 81st minute when he rocketed a shot from 25 yards out into the top right corner of the net. Lutz collected his second assist of the night on Schlough’s third goal of the season.
“Going down one goal, the mindset for us is don’t panic; let’s pick up the tempo; let’s just get the one goal back; let’s get it back to even ground. We don’t need to think about winning or losing; we need to think about the next step, which is scoring that first goal,” said assistant coach Rob Czlonka.
“And to be honest with you, I’m really excited. We haven’t given up a goal this year, and I’d liked to have kept that, but knowing that we went down one goal and we were able to come back and score three, that’s a very positive thing. It makes me more confident in our team, that when faced with some stiff competition and we go down a goal, we’ll still be able to come back from that,” he said.
The men’s soccer team begins a four-game road trip this week and will not play at home in Gesling Stadium until October. “We just need to keep getting victories, sort some things out, and I think we’ll be okay once UAA [University Athletic Association] play starts,” said Filipovitz.
The Tartans will open their road trip by traveling to play Penn State–Altoona on Tuesday at 7 p.m.