Men’s soccer falls short on the road

The Tartan men’s soccer team suffered their first two losses of the 2006 season this past week, dropping to a 5–2 record. Their losses came on the road at the hands of Penn State–Altoona on Tuesday and Mount Union College on Saturday. The Tartans came into the week ranked 13th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll.

The Tartans lost 2–1 to Penn State–Altoona despite taking a 1–0 lead into halftime. In the 44th minute, senior forward Will Schlough netted his team-leading fourth goal of the season off an assist from senior midfielder Sean Filipovitz. The Tartans could not make that one goal stand up, as the Lions netted goals in the 67th and 83rd minutes to collect the victory.

Against Mount Union on Saturday, the Tartans were shut out for the first time all season in a 2–0 loss to the Purple Raiders. Mount Union scored early, in the 12th minute, and added an insurance goal in the 62nd minute to seal the win.

The Tartans held the advantage in the shot department in both games, edging the Lions 12–11 and the Purple Raiders 10–6. Sophomore goalie Matthew Bazin managed five saves versus Penn State–Altoona and one against Mount Union.

Currently in the middle of a four-game road trip, the Tartans are preparing for more time away from home.
“You prepare for it like you prepare for anything; you take it one day at a time,” assistant coach Rob Czlonka said. “You work on the things that need to be improved upon from past games and what you’re going to expect to face in the next opponent, and that’s all you think about. You don’t think about road or home or away. It’s always great to be able to play on our new field; however, teams will get mentally prepared faster for an away game than they will for a home game.”

Men’s soccer will hit the field and try to find a win tomorrow when the team travels to Marietta College. The Tartans will then open University Athletic Association play on Saturday at the University of Chicago. The Tartans lost a 1–0 heartbreaker to the Maroons last year at home with the only goal coming in the 79th minute. The two teams finished tied for second place in last year’s association standings.