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Men's soccer competes in two invitationals

Forward Max Tassano dribbles around St. Vincent’s midfielder Daniel Moore in the second game of the CMU Invitational. Tassano scored one goal in the game, his first of the season. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) Forward Max Tassano dribbles around St. Vincent’s midfielder Daniel Moore in the second game of the CMU Invitational. Tassano scored one goal in the game, his first of the season. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) Senior midfielder Carmen Minella pushes the ball upfield. He already put in two goals in the early season. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) Senior midfielder Carmen Minella pushes the ball upfield. He already put in two goals in the early season. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) The team lines up at midfield before a game. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) The team lines up at midfield before a game. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team has two tournaments in the books to start the season: the Carnegie Mellon Invitational and the Ohio Wesleyan Tournament. The first game of the season was against the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes on Friday, Sept. 2. This battle ended in a tie after the Golden Tornadoes’ early 2–0 was erased. Senior Carmen Minella was the hero in this game, scoring both goals for the Tartans.

In overtime, both teams got off some good shots — two in the first overtime, one in the second ­— and junior goalkeeper Zach Stahl maintained the tie by saving a point-blank header by Jon Mathoslah of the Golden Tornadoes.

The Tartans did not get their first victory of the season until the second game of the Carnegie Mellon Invitational against the St. Vincent College Bearcats. After the Bearcats scored the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute, the Tartans caught fire.

Sophomore Chris Wysocki scored the first goal for Carnegie Mellon in the 38th minute on a turnaround 10 yards from the net. Wysocki scored the next goal on a penalty kick as well.

Sophomore Max Tassano scored in the 60th minute off a cross from senior Kyle Young. Senior Brad Edelman scored the fourth and final goal for the Tartans in this bout on a rocket turnaround shot 18 yards out.
The 4–1 victory spotted the Tartans at 1–0–1 to start the season.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the Tartans were handed their first loss of the 2011 season by Capital University at the Ohio Wesleyan Tournament. Capital’s goalkeeper, Bob Weisgarber, saved two good shots at the beginning of the second period by Tassano and Minella. Young had two shots saved by Weisgarber in the 60th minute as well.

The 13th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan team blew out the Tartans in the second game of the tournament on Saturday.

The Battling Bishops scored in the third minute and never looked back. It was a tough battle for Carnegie Mellon.

The Tartans come back home to play on Wednesday, Sept. 14 against Westminster College.