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Tartans don't look back as they score four in first half

Junior Colin Shaffer controlling the ball against Bethany College with first-year Tristan Lockwood in the background.  (credit: Kate Groschner/Photo Editor) Junior Colin Shaffer controlling the ball against Bethany College with first-year Tristan Lockwood in the background. (credit: Kate Groschner/Photo Editor)

After a string of 1–0 victories, the men’s soccer team found the net more often this week starting with a 3–0 victory over Washington & Jefferson College earlier on Wednesday. The Tartans ended the week pummeling the visiting Bethany College Bisons 5–0 on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Tartans first got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute when first-year Tristan Lockwood tapped in a well-placed ball from senior defender Ben Bryant for his first goal of the season. The play started off with a free kick by Bryant, who lobbed a pass near the right crossbar where it rebounded off a defender, meeting Lockwood who was right there to put in the goal.

Lockwood was very active in the first half and had many quality breakaways on the sideline. One of them led to a goal by senior forward Max Tassano who had a brilliant low shot to the corner of the net in the 22nd minute.

The Tartans frenetic attack, consisting of several through balls and great ball control, led to another goal in a matter of five minutes. This time, senior Mike Ferraco’s cross-pass into the penalty box found a sliding Lockwood who scored his second goal to put the Tartans up 3–0.

Near the end of a fabulous first half for the Tartans, Tassano found the net again, this time with a header off senior Jerome Reano’s cross that sailed to the back post.

“It was definitely a confidence booster for me to get two,” Tassano said. “I have been struggling recently with scoring.”

As it turned out, it was also a confidence boost for the whole team, as the Tartans emptied their bench in the second half. Senior Kevin Pierce had an easy goal into an empty net off a pass from Reano in the 60th minute. The Tartans continued their attack and had quality shots on goal.

“We made sure to be positive from the bench and make sure that we were cheering them on,” said senior Chris Wysocki, who was selected as the Division III Men’s Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week last Tuesday.

As impressive as the offense was in scoring five goals, the defense held its ground and allowed the Bisons to get only five shots on goal. “Our defense has been stellar this year,” Tassano said. “It’s been huge for us because we know they are probably not going to score, and if we get one or two, we got the game.”

Overall, it was a perfect game for the Tartans both offensively and defensively as they improved their record to 7–1. The Tartans will compete next against Grove City this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at home.