Soccer teams finish regular season on sour note

Junior midfielder Colin Shaffer had one shot against Emory. The team outshot Emory 29 to 12. (credit: Staff Photographer) Junior midfielder Colin Shaffer had one shot against Emory. The team outshot Emory 29 to 12. (credit: Staff Photographer)

In their final regular season games, both the men’s and women’s soccer teams found disappointment in Atlanta, Ga.

The men’s team drew 0–0 in double overtime against Emory University, and the women’s side lost 3–0.

A win would have guaranteed the men’s side at least a first-place tie in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Conference. Instead, they finish tied with Emory for second place.

“We’re pretty disappointed,” senior defender Ben Bryant said. “Since our first UAA game, we went undefeated in UAA. I think we deserved a share of the title.”

The men’s team was inches away from a win. In the last minute of the second overtime, senior forward Chris Wysocki’s shot deflected off a defender and bounced to senior forward Max Tassano at the top of the penalty box.

Tassano turned past the defender and got a shot on a goal that bounced off the crossbar. There were four seconds left in the game.

Sophomore midfielder Connor Webb delivered a standout performance, coming off the bench and using creative touches to get past defenders and generate scoring chances.

“It came down to some bad luck, and we need to work on our finishing a little bit,” Bryant said.

Having lost to Emory in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament last year on penalty kicks, the women’s team had hoped to get revenge on Emory’s Senior Day.

“It’s always hard to play on someone else’s field, but it’s even more difficult when it’s their Senior Day,” graduate student goalkeeper Anna Albi said.

The Tartans had two opportunities to score first. Senior forward Alex Venegas had a shot on goal saved in the fourth minute, and senior defender Rachel Contopoulos hit the post in the 17th minute.

After the two early chances, Emory controlled the rest of the game.

Emory scored first in the 20th minute and did not stop the pressure. They scored two more goals in the second half and outshot the Tartans 27-6.

“They’re a really great team, and they were excited for their seniors. It was hard to overcome their skill plus their emotions,” Albi said.

The road loss continues the team’s struggles on the road. In the four road UAA games, they are 1–3.

“We have a very hard travel schedule.... It’s kind of hard mentally and physically to balance Carnegie Mellon academics on the road. I think it just gets the better of us sometimes,” Albi said.

The loss ends their season with 3–3–1 conference record, good for fourth place in the UAA.

Both the men’s and women’s team will find out today if they will be playing in the NCAA tournament.