Men’s soccer at 7–0

Seven games into the season, the men’s soccer team has been able to come up with a win each time. The last time the Tartans started off 7–0 was back in 2003 under the realm of former head coach Nick Gaudioso. The team’s exceptional start to the season has put them at an imposing third in the NSCAA/** Division III rankings, the highest in the school’s history.

This past week, the Tartans traveled to Colorado for a two-day tournament held at Colorado College. Friday, the Tartans played the hosts of the tournament in what ended as another convincing win for Carnegie Mellon Junior forward Kyle Young set the tone of the match by scoring an early goal. Midway through the first half, the first-year duo of Joey Paladino and Max Tassano struck in back-to-back minutes to give the Tartans a 3–0 lead.

The Tigers of Colorado College remained rather quiet in their attack, as their main threat, sophomore forward Matt Fechter, was shut down by Carnegie Mellon’s center backs sophomore Moni Sallam and junior Nick Gianopoulos. The Tigers went on to net a consolation goal in the second half, but Carnegie Mellon prevailed in the end with a 3–1 victory.

The next day, Carnegie Mellon faced Wheaton College in what turned out to be a much tougher match. Ninety minutes wasn’t enough to determine the winner of the match, and the game fell into overtime where junior midfielder Carmen Minella became the hero of the day, scoring early and getting the Tartans the 1–0 victory.

The trip to Colorado turned out to be another confidence builder for Carnegie Mellon. The Tartans are now halfway done with their tough six-game road schedule, and will be eyeing the No. 1 spot in NSCAA/** Division III rankings in the upcoming weeks. The Colorado tournament also proved to be a challenging fitness test for the men’s team, as there was a 7,000-foot increase in altitude.

“The experience was pretty interesting. We had to be quick to adjust to the climate,” sophomore forward Alex Abedian said. “After the first couple of laps around the field, coach [Arron Lujan] said he saw it in our eyes that the altitude was taking a toll on us. But once we found our feet and began playing, it got a bit easier.”

The Tartans look to continue their great start as they face Grove City College this upcoming Saturday.