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Men’s soccer falls to Case Western Reserve

Junior Ian Epperson (No. 4) sprints after the ball while a defender tries to catch up during a home game last weekend.  (credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff ) Junior Ian Epperson (No. 4) sprints after the ball while a defender tries to catch up during a home game last weekend. (credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff )

With only two games left this season, the Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team now has a tough task of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, having gone only 1–3–1 in conference play so far. Despite home-field advantage typically being a stronghold for the Tartans, the men fell at home to Case Western Reserve University 2–1 last Friday, marking their second loss on the new field.

Once again Carnegie Mellon relied on a young starting team, with several key upperclassmen not getting into the game until much later in the first half. The team was hoping to have sophomore midfielder John Crawshaw and junior forward Brad Edelman back, but late-season injuries kept both of them on the sidelines.

The game began with a quick tempo, with the Tartans holding onto most of the possession. Carnegie Mellon outshot Case Western Reserve nine to four in the first half, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. A frustrated Carnegie Mellon side was determined to come out and take over the game in the second half, but the Tartans’ plans were quickly foiled as Case Western scored a goal against the run of play early in the half. Bad news became worse as goalkeeper Zach Stahl had to leave the field due to injury after colliding with a Case Western Reserve player. Stahl managed to get back into the game in the 74th minute, but only to see another surprise goal immediately hit his net as Elliot Fishman from Case Western Reserve struck the ball into the upper corner. With little going the Tartans’ way, Carnegie Mellon caught a second wind after Case Western Reserve put a goal into their own net, but it was too little too late. The Tartans had to settle for their third loss this season.

Despite a solid 10–3–1 record, a difficult few weeks in conference play have dented Carnegie Mellon’s postseason chances. Having been ranked as high as second in the nation just a few weeks ago, the Tartans will now direct all of their attention in the last two games of the season to coming out on top against the University of Rochester and Emory University. Carnegie Mellon will be looking to get a big win this upcoming Sunday at home as the team takes on Emory University at 1:30 p.m.