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Men’s soccer team crushes weekend games, now 5-3

Sophomore defender and midfielder Andreas Fatschel drives the ball down the field. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) Sophomore defender and midfielder Andreas Fatschel drives the ball down the field. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) Junior forward Ben Alderoty takes a shot against a Washington & Jefferson player. (credit: Kevin Zheng/) Junior forward Ben Alderoty takes a shot against a Washington & Jefferson player. (credit: Kevin Zheng/)

After a mixed start to the season, the Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team has found its feet, as it capped off a fantastic week with a 4-0 thumping of Bethany College on Saturday, which came after a 2-1 victory at home against Washington & Jefferson College on Wednesday.

The two victories move the Tartans to 5-3 for the season, and they now have a three-game winning streak, scoring nine goals and conceding only one.

The scorers for the first game were juniors midfielder Connor Webb and forward and midfielder Dimitrije Slavkovic, who scored their fourth and third goals of the season, respectively.

In the second game, both Webb and Slavkovic, as well as sophomore midfielder Tristan Lockwood and first-year midfielder Jimmy Jameson, got on the scoresheet.

Jameson netted the first goal of his career and Lockwood his first for this season.

The plan against Washington & Jefferson seemed to be containing the opposition in the first half and opening up the game more in the second.

While they did have a wobble in the second half — conceding a goal through a penalty — the team’s plan worked.

The Tartans were in control of the game throughout; there were no real clear cut chances for the opponents and quite a few for themselves.

Against Bethany, the attacking unit racked up 28 shots, with 12 of them on target.

The defense was resolute too — they kept a clean sheet and allowed their opponents only two shots with one on target saved by junior goalkeeper Eric Bykowsky.

Head coach Brandon Bowman stated after the game against the Washington & Jefferson Presidents that the coaches had been preaching team unity as an important factor through the beginning of the season.

His team seems to have received the message loud and clear. They worked well as a unit and seemed to follow the coach’s instructions throughout the game.

Bowman commented that it’s down to the whole team to perform, and they have done just that.

The Tartans now get a week off, playing on Sept. 27 at Grove City College.

The game will be the second game of a three-game road trip that ends with a game in Chicago.