The Tartans traveled to Case Western Reserve University on Saturday to kick off their 2014 football season. The game marked the first time the rivals had met as new affiliate members of the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC).
Case Western crushed any good feelings Carnegie Mellon had coming into the game, as they dominated both sides of the ball in route to a 30–0 victory. The stat line tells the true extent of the beatdown, with the Spartans accounting for over 300 more offensive yards than the Tartans.
The Spartans were particularly effective on third downs, converting 54 percent of their attempts while holding Carnegie Mellon to only a 31 percent success rate. First-year quarterback Bryan Jangro was a disappointment in his first meaningful start for the Tartans, completing 19 of 34 passes for only 149 yards with no touchdowns.
Jangro was also the source of the only Carnegie Mellon turnover with a fumble at the start of the fourth quarter. The Tartans have a bye week to regroup and will face off against Washington & Jefferson College on Sept. 20.
The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team traveled to Hiram, Ohio over the weekend to participate in the Hiram Tournament.
On Friday, the Tartans faced off against Capital for the right to play in the championship game the next day.
After letting in an early goal, Carnegie Mellon rebounded with goals at the end of the first half and halfway through the second half by junior forward and midfielder Dimitrije Slavkovic and senior midfielder Scott Gerfen, respectively.
Slavkovic tipped in a rebound off the post stemming from senior Mark Nicholas’s shot on goal. Gerfen scored in a similar fashion after senior Jakob Rohwer’s shot was deflected away by the Capital goalkeeper.
On Saturday, the Tartans played the host Hiram College in the championship match. This time, Carnegie Mellon struck first with junior midfielder Connor Webb’s 26th-minute deflection off of Rohwer’s free kick.
The Tartans put the game out of reach with Slavkovic’s second goal of the tournament, this time coming from a long outlet pass by sophomore Tristan Lockwood to beat the defense.
Hiram tried a comeback with a 69th-minute goal, but was unable to overcome the original two-goal deficit. The Tartans next play at Geneva College on Wednesday.
The Tartans men’s tennis team opened up its season on a high note with a 7–2 victory over Allegheny College in the Nancy J. Heath Tournament.
The team was scheduled to start its season earlier in the day against Grove City College, but that match was canceled. Carnegie Mellon fell in a hole early, trailing 2–1 after doubles play with only senior Will Duncan and first year Edward Ang winning their match.
These would be the last points the Tartans surrendered as they went 6–0 in singles play and cruised to the easy victory. Sophomores Kunal Wadwani, Kenny Zheng, and Kiril Kirkov all won in straight sets along with Duncan.
The Tartans will next compete in their home invitational starting Friday through Sunday.
In their first event as an NCAA member, the Carnegie Mellon women’s golf team competed at the Westminster Invite on Saturday. Playing at New Castle Country Club, the Tartans placed second with a team score of 367, led by first-year Robin Tan’s 84, who had the second-best individual round of the tournament.
Fellow first-year Summer Kitahara hit an 86 over the 18 holes, which was good enough to place her third overall.
First-years Emma Hoskins and Frances Hughes made up the rest of the inaugural squad, carding a 91 and a 106, respectively.
The Tartans tee off next on Tuesday at the Grove City Invitational.