Men’s soccer records fifth straight win

In the men’s soccer team’s only game of the week, the Tartans downed Allegheny College 4–1 this past Saturday. The team had some added confidence going into the game thanks to last week’s NSCAA/Adidas Division III Rankings, which put the Tartans back in the top 25 at number 13.

The Carnegie Mellon seniors carried the team to its victory over the Gators, as Ryan Browne, Ricky Griffin, and Pat Lutz — who made two — scored all of the goals, while senior goalie Maks Khurgin contributed three saves. Browne made sure to set the tone of the match in the third minute as he fired past Allegheny keeper Andrew Shirley from 10 yards out. Twenty-four minutes later, the Tartans got their second goal of the day as Griffin took advantage of a breakaway past the last defender.

Allegheny College did not post much of a challenge throughout the first half and the Tartans comfortably maintained their two goal margin until half time.

In the second half, Lutz gave the Tartans some insurance by scoring his first goal of the game off a pass from Browne. The goal, Lutz’s third of the season, gave the Tartans a 3–0 lead. At that point, head coach Arron Lujan looked to put in the Carnegie Mellon reserves, but Allegheny forward Pete Subasic spoiled Lujan’s plans by scoring off an initial save by Khurgin. The Tartans controlled the game for the rest of regulation and Lutz slotted his second goal of the game, ending a great week in which he tallied two goals and was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week, as well as Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Co-Player of the Week.

“Saturday’s game at Allegheny was a good test for our team. We started strong and were able to take an early lead, which was important,” observed senior defensive player John Hall. “We are still looking to improve and shore things up defensively. This year we are hoping to compete for the UAA title and advance in the NCAA tournament.”

The Tartans will take on St. Vincent College in an away afternoon fixture on Wednesday, Sept. 23. They will then return home this Saturday, Sept. 26 at noon as they take on Grove City College. Come out and join the rest of the “Tartan Army” in support of the team, as they are now playing their best soccer of the season.