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Men’s soccer 5–1 overall

Senior forward Alex Abedian (No. 8) has scored twice this season, leading the Tartans to a 4–1 start. (credit: Greg Hanneman/Staff Photographer) Senior forward Alex Abedian (No. 8) has scored twice this season, leading the Tartans to a 4–1 start. (credit: Greg Hanneman/Staff Photographer)

The no. 7 ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team played the Allegheny College Gators on Saturday, winning with a score of 2–0.
This win moved the team’s overall record to 5–1 for the season.

The Tartans began applying pressure early, and in the ninth minute, the team’s aggressiveness paid off.

Carnegie Mellon attacked the Gators’ defense with a series of passes until junior Scott Gerfen centered the ball across the box to senior John Crawshaw, who then took aim at the net. The one- timer was blocked by the Allegheny keeper, but the ensuing deflection went right back to Crawshaw. He took advantage of this second opportunity and put the ball in the back of the net.

Despite the Tartans’ aggressive play and continuing pressure, the score remained 1–0 at the half.

Coming out of halftime, the Tartans did not let up and continually occupied the Gator’s half of the field, resulting in five corner kicks in the second half.

The first of these corners, taken by senior Ben Bryant, led to a shot by Crawshaw off junior Chris Wysocki’s header that was ultimately blocked by the Gators’ defense.

The Tartans’ constant aggression finally paid off when junior Matt Sarett found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to give Carnegie Mellon some breathing room. Sarett served the ball up to junior Max Tassano, who went up for a header. Tassano missed with his head, but the pass went through the Gators goalkeeper’s hands.

The Tartans earned their third shutout of the season with junior Christopher Madden recording the win in goal.

“It was another great win for our team. After a tough loss last year to Allegheny, which ended 3–2, we felt there was a sense of redemption this season. They only amounted two shots on goal, which shows how great our defense played,” Bryant said.

Carnegie Mellon plays on Tuesday at home against Washington & Jefferson College at 7 p.m.

“We’ll beat Washington & Jefferson by being aggressive and dominant on defense and in the midfield while staying creative and persistent in the offensive third,” said senior forward Alex Abedian.