Men’s soccer awaits postseason fate, ends season on a high note

After a season filled with many ups and downs, the Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team was able to pull off another victory in its last game of the regular season. The Tartans convincingly defeated the Eagles of Emory University in what proved to be a very one-sided match. The game was a must-win for the Tartans, who needed to beat the No. 12 Emory University in order to have any chance of making to this year’s NCAA Division III tournament. Carnegie Mellon did exactly that.

An unexpected injury put junior midfielder Carmen Minella out of this weekend’s action, joining sophomores John Crawshaw and Alex Abedian on the sideline. This put the burden on the first-year duo of Chris Wysocki and Matt Sarett to step up and have a strong game in the depleted Tartans’ midfield. The Eagles found themselves on their heels for much of the first half, with Emory goalie Trenton Spindler having to parry away three shots. The Tartans were able to unravel their visiting opponents’ defense halfway through the first half, as quick ball movement and a precise service from junior Kyle Young set up first-year forward Max Tassano for his seventh goal of the season. Minutes later, Wysocki unleashed a dipping shot that went just over the bar. The Tartans continued to press but were only able to maintain the one-goal advantage at half. A rather quiet Emory side early in the game was able to pull it together in the second half, giving the Tartans a bit of a scare after hitting the post. Despite the spark in the Eagles’ play, the Tartans were able to maintain their shape and get another goal, with first-year Joey Paladino notching his sixth of the season. The Tartans went on to make the conference upset, winning the game with a final score of 2–0.

Carnegie Mellon will now anxiously wait for the announcement of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament bracket, which will be unveiled today at 2 p.m. The Cardinal and Grey might have to settle for playing the lesser ECAC Tournament in thepostseason, but Sunday’s victory along with a solid overall record will boost the Tartans’ chances of making it to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years.