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Men’s soccer suffers first loss

No. 10 junior Mike Ferraco clears a Case Western Reserve University player in yesterday’s game. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor) No. 10 junior Mike Ferraco clears a Case Western Reserve University player in yesterday’s game. (credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Editor)

The Tartan men’s soccer team experienced its first conference loss, 3–2, in double overtime to the University of Rochester on Friday night, and defeated Case Western Reserve University yesterday 4–0.

Carnegie Mellon is now 9–2–1 overall and 2–1–1 in the University Athletic Association conferencce.

The University of Rochester Yellowjackets started the game aggressively and scored a goal within the first four minutes of play.

The Tartans answered with a shot by junior midfielder Chris Wysocki that finished just above the goal in the 14th minute. Soon after, Rochester came back with another goal in the 21st minute to pull up to a 2–0 lead. The remainder of the first half included two unsuccessful shots by both teams.

Within the first 44 seconds of the second half, Tartans, junior midfielder Mike Ferraco scored his second goal of the season, bringing his team within one point of the lead.

For the following 15 minutes, the Tartans continued to get openings at the goal, but were just short of scoring until a second penalty kick by junior forward Max Tassano put the team back on the scoreboard.
The rest of regular play resulted in two unsuccessful shots by the Tartans and Yellowjackets.

Overtime began with a score of 2–2 and resulted in two shots from the Tartans, consisting of one shot from Wysocki that was saved by the Yellowjackets goalkeeper and a header from senior defender Alex Abedian that landed just wide of the goal.

In the second overtime period, the Tartans got another two shots, but neither connected with the net. With 2:19 remaining, the Yellowjackets scored the final goal, leaving the score 3–2.

“An unfortunate way to end an incredible comeback. We had them on their heels all second half and in [overtime], but couldn’t get that third goal. This game proved that even with a great group of guys like we have that there is still room for improvement. An early 2–0 deficit makes the game unnecessarily difficult,” Abedian said.

The Tartans will travel to Grove City to play the Grove City College Wolverines this Wednesday at 4 p.m.