Sports

Men’s soccer team continues perfect record

The Carnegie Mellon men’s
soccer team continued its perfect
start to this season with a
dramatic victory over Grove
City College on Saturday,
marking the team’s best start
to a season since 2002.

Carnegie Mellon was able
to start the game off strongly
by holding the majority of
possession and being aggressive
in the opponent’s half of
the field. However, the Tartans
were not able to capitalize
on their chances, despite
making several shots on goal
early in the first half of play.
Grove City was then able to
score in the 31st minute off a
corner kick against the run of
play.

The Tartans continued to
press and were rewarded in
the final minutes of the leading
half as first-year midfielder Chris Wysocki scored
his first career collegiate goal
off a pass from senior Brett
Roller. Carnegie Mellon continued
to set the tone of the
match in the second half, but
frustration began to grow as
the game remained level at
1–1. It wasn’t until the very
last minute of the match that
Carnegie Mellon was able to
break the deadlock as a result
of a smooth finish by sophomore
forward Alex Abedian.

The Tartans are now
8–0 and are ranked No. 3 in
the nation in the NSCAA/
HendrickCars.com Division
III rankings. With No. 1 Calvin
College losing over the
past weekend, the Tartans are
expected to move up to No. 2
in this week’s poll.

Just one more non-conference
game is left before Carnegie
Mellon opens University
Athletic Association conference
play this Saturday, away
at the University of Chicago.
Having had a strong start to
the season thus far, the Tartans
will be expecting their
toughest challenges in the
upcoming month from the
likes of Emory University, the
University of Rochester, and
Washington University (Mo.),
all of which are ranked in the
top 25 in the nation. However,
all three of those teams will be
playing at Carnegie Mellon,
where the Tartans have had
an exceptional home record
of 19–1–3 in the past three
years.

The Tartans’ next match is
away against against Bethany
College (W.Va.) tomorrow.