Men's soccer splits games vs. Penn State, Brandeis

Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics Credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics

The 11th-ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team defeated the Penn State Behrend Lions at home on Tuesday, Oct. 3, improving its record to 8–1–1. The Tartans got on the board in the fourth minute of the match and did not relinquish their lead, winning the game 2–1.

The Tartans began the match with an aggressive offensive attack. Thirty-five seconds into the match, junior forward Anthony Gulli took the first shot of the game, which went high. Three minutes later, a corner kick from Gulli set up a header by sophomore defender Jacob Moskowitz to put the Tartans up 1–0. The goal was the first of Moskowitz’s career. The Tartans and the Lions traded several shots throughout the first half, some wide or high. In the 16th and 22nd minutes, shots by the Lions were saved by Carnegie Mellon’s junior goalkeeper Alec Lam. Past the midpoint of the half, the Tartans took control of the ball, with shots on goal in the 26th, 30th, 25th, and 41st minutes that were saved by the Lions’ goalkeeper. At the half, the Tartans remained ahead 1–0.

The Lions began the second half with a shot on goal in the 51st minute, which was saved by Lam. The Tartans continued to set the pace with a goal from junior midfielder Zack Masciopinto in the 59th minute, his seventh of the season, giving the Tartans a 2–0 lead. The Lions, however, responded 32 seconds later to cut the Tartans’ lead in half. Tartans had a shot on goal in the 84th minute, but the final 30 minutes of the match were scoreless.

Lam finished the game with three saves in his eighth win of the season. Carnegie Mellon had 13 total shots to Penn State Behrend’s 10, and eight corner kicks to one.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Tartans dominated play against 15th-ranked Brandeis University in a University Athletic Association (UAA) showdown but came up empty for the first time of the 2017 season in their first loss since the season opener.

The Tartans established their commanding play early in the match with a shot by Gulli in the third minute that went wide and a header shot on goal by sophomore midfielder Jack Painter in the fifth minute. In the ninth minute, the Judges scored off a corner kick to take the lead. The Cardinal and Gray went back on the offensive but watched several shots sail wide. In the 32nd minute, the Judges scored again after another corner kick, adding to their lead. The Tartans had three shots in the next two minutes by sophomore midfielder Elliot Cohen and Masciopinto, all blocked by the Brandeis defense. The first half ended with the Tartans trailing 2–0.

The opening minutes of the second half saw Cohen, Painter, and Gulli have shots on goal, only for all three to be saved by Brandeis’ goalkeeper. The Tartans continued their attack on the Judges’ offense with ten shots in the second half but failed to cut the deficit. The Judges won 2–0.
The Tartans had 22 total shots and 12 on goal to the Judges’ 8, and 11 corner kicks to their 5. Lam made three saves, while the Brandeis goalkeeper made 12.

The Tartans will next play the top-ranked University of Chicago.