Men’s soccer tops Medaille to advance to 3rd round of NCAAs

After overcoming Thomas More 4–2 in the previous round, Carnegie Mellon faced Medaille College in an epic second-round match.

Neither team played very aggressively in the first half. Every Carnegie Mellon attempt to attack was shut down by a disciplined Medaille backline and defensive midfield. Both teams had a few half-chances, but the score remained 0–0 at halftime. Off the pitch, the largest crowd that Gesling Stadium had seen this year was beginning to get very aggravated with some of the referee’s decisions. A combination of this aggravation from both Carnegie Mellon and Medaille fans effected the need for University Police to watch over the fans for the rest of the game.

The tension continued to build in the second half, as both teams began playing a physical game. Halfway into the second half, Tartan goalie and senior Maks Khurgin picked up an injury and had to leave the game. First-year goalie Zach Stahl came in to take his place. Medaille committed reckless fouls throughout the second half, and finally the referee made his biggest decision of the game by rewarding Carnegie Mellon a penalty kick. Senior Ryan Browne buried the penalty to the opposite side of the Medaille goalkeeper’s dive, scoring his third goal in the NCAA tournament.

The Tartans went on to win the game 1–0 and will play Calvin College in the NCAA Great Lakes sectional semifinals in Gesling Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. this Friday.