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Men’s soccer comes from behind to win

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team bounced back this week after falling behind 2–0 in this game against the University of Chicago Maroons. (credit: Greg Hanneman/Senior Staff) The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team bounced back this week after falling behind 2–0 in this game against the University of Chicago Maroons. (credit: Greg Hanneman/Senior Staff) The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team bounced back this week after falling behind 2–0 in this game against the University of Chicago Maroons. (credit: Greg Hanneman/Senior Staff) The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team bounced back this week after falling behind 2–0 in this game against the University of Chicago Maroons. (credit: Greg Hanneman/Senior Staff)

The No. 4-ranked men’s soccer team started University Athletic Association (UAA) conference play. Last Sunday the team defeated the visiting Washington University of St. Louis Bears, and on Saturday tied with the University of Chicago Maroons. The team’s record is 8–1–1 overall and 1–0–1 in the UAA.

In the 1–0 victory against the Bears, the winning goal was assisted by a free kick from senior Ben Bryant to junior Max Tassano, who tipped a header into the left corner of the goal. Tartan defense, including central defenders Alex Abedian and Jakob Rohwer and outside backs Brandon Peck and Bryant, deterred the Bears from not only scoring, but shooting as well — the Bears had only three shots throughout the game.

When the Tartans faced its second UAA opponent, the University of Chicago Maroons, the game resulted in a double overtime draw. The Maroons were leading the game 2–0 throughout most of the second half, until junior midfielder Chris Wysocki scored his first goal of the season, changing the score to 2–1 with 22 minutes remaining in the game.

Bryant tied the game with 1:46 remaining by scoring the second goal for Carnegie Mellon, which resulted from a volley from the top of the 18-yard box to the corner of the goal.

“The goal was one of the best goals I’ve scored in my life,” Bryant said. “It was a volley out of the air with my left foot, and once it went in we all felt a sense of relief.”

Early in the first overtime, Bryant had a shot blocked, and near the 95-minute mark, a header by junior defender Cole Christensen was too wide for completion. In the second overtime the Tartans did not take any shots, but the Maroons were able to grab two. The first of shot was too wide; the other was saved by junior goalkeeper Christopher Madden with less than two minutes to go.

The Tartans continue to compete in the UAA, and will face University of Rochester at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m.