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Men’s soccer wins in double overtime

Senior midfielder Kyle Young (No. 7) gets ready to gain possession of the ball and fight off the opposing Violets midfielder. (credit: Jessica Sochol/Staff) Senior midfielder Kyle Young (No. 7) gets ready to gain possession of the ball and fight off the opposing Violets midfielder. (credit: Jessica Sochol/Staff)

Cèilidh weekend at Carnegie Mellon provided an exciting game for the Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team. The Tartans hosted the New York University Violets, a University Athletic Association rival, on Friday; Carnegie Mellon beat the Violets 2–1 in double overtime.

The Tartan offense had four shots on goal during the first half of the game. Sophomore Scott Gerfen had the first shot, followed by shots from first-year Mark Nicholas and sophomore Max Tassano. The fourth shot was a free kick taken by first-year Jakob Rohwer. The ball bounced inside the six-yard box, over two Tartan players, and into the Violets’ goal. This gave the Tartans a 1–0 lead.

The Tartans had another opportunity to score on a penalty kick; however, the kick taken by sophomore Chris Wysocki hit the cross bar and deflected out of the goal area. The score remained 1–0.

Twenty minutes after the Tartan goal, the Violets’ scored to tie the score at 1–1. It started with the Violets shot on goal that was knocked away by sophomore goal keeper Christopher Madden. The Violets still recovered control of the ball and put it in the net.

With the game tied at 1–1 at the end of the second half, the first overtime period began. It was a very tight game since both teams were fighting for a game-winning goal. Junior Alex Abedian had an opportunity and centered a pass; however, the Tartans were unable to convert the pass into a goal.

As the first overtime ran out, a second overtime began. It took only two minutes into the second overtime for the Tartans to pull it together and score the winning goal. Senior Carmen Minella passed the ball to senior Kyle Young; Young then crossed the ball to Wysocki, who headed it past the goalie to win the game.

“We had an incredible game on Friday. Although we had a tough game [Sunday], I believe we will be ready to face Emory on Saturday,” said senior Ian Epperson.
The Tartans travel to Atlanta to take on the No. 5-ranked Emory University on Saturday.