Men's soccer looks to improve their record

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After a rough weekend on the road, the Tartans brushed the dirt off their shoulders and won their game at home against the Westminster College Titans 3–0.

The Tartans began playing aggressively from the start of the game. Only nine minutes had passed before senior Carmen Minella scored for the Tartans.

With the lead, the Tartans continued to move the ball forward, and the action was focused mostly at the Titans’ end of the field. With ample pressure on the Titans and lots of opportunities for Carnegie Mellon, the Tartans managed to score again, but this time it was junior John Crawshaw. Crawshaw kicked the ball over the Titan goalie’s head and into the upper left corner of the net.

As Carnegie Mellon continued to play an error-free game, the Tartans had more chances to score but were not able to get the ball past the goalie. The Tartans closed the half still up 2–0.

The Tartans kept the ball at the Titans’ end but were unable to convert until the end of the second half, when junior Alex Abedian scored from 18 yards away. Abedian’s goal brought the Tartans to a solid 3–0 victory over the Titans.

On Saturday, the Tartans travelled to Allegheny College and took on the Gators.

The Tartans lost a heartbreaker as the time ran out, leaving the Tartans down one goal with a final score of 3–2. Carnegie Mellon took control of the first half with lots of scoring opportunities, but none of them were converted into goals.

Tartan goalie junior Zach Stahl has been performing well all season and held the Gators off the entire first half.

The action started to heat up in the second half. Abedian scored his second goal of the season and the week, putting the Tartans up 1–0. However, the Gators took advantage of a corner kick and tied the game 1–1. Allegheny College broke through the Tartan defense again within minutes to score another goal and to take the lead in the game 2–1. Carnegie Mellon tried to pull it together and tie the game, but the Gators gained control of the ball and scored again, increasing their lead to 3–1.

Senior Carmen Minella scored late in the second half, leaving the Tartans trailing by only one goal, but there was not enough time left in the game.

“We are looking forward to working out the rough patches this week so we can continue to improve our play and our record in our upcoming games,” said senior Ian Epperson.

The Tartans will take on the Washington and Jefferson College Presidents this Wednesday in Washington, Pa., at 7 p.m.