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Men's soccer takes home opener in massive blowout

Junior defender Philip Petrakian keeps the ball away from Denison’s feet, aiding junior goalkeeper Alec Lam. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Junior defender Philip Petrakian keeps the ball away from Denison’s feet, aiding junior goalkeeper Alec Lam. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

The 20th-ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team scored five unanswered goals to open the home season with a 5–0 shutout against Denison University on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Tartans moved to 1–1 on the season while the Big Red dropped to 0–2.

Senior midfielder Jimmy Jameson and junior midfielder Zack Masciopinto accounted for all five goals as Jameson put three in the back of the net, including the game winner.

The scoring came early as Jameson first scored in the sixth minute. Following a corner kick to the near post by junior forward Anthony Gulli, Jameson got around the keeper on the endline and poked the ball around the goal post.

Less than four minutes later, the Tartans were in the box again and Masciopinto scored off a volley from the ground after the Denison defense failed to clear a corner kick by junior defender Philip Petrakian.

Another corner kick by Petrakian set up the third goal by the Tartans. Jameson again was in the play and headed home the service at the near post in the 13th minute.

The fourth goal of the first half came via a Jameson penalty kick. Petrakian was fouled at the edge of the 18-yard box by the keeper to earn the penalty attempt in the 38th minute.

Masciopinto put in the final goal of the game in the early moments of the 63rd minute when he rose above the defense to put a header in off a centrally placed free kick by Gulli.

Junior goalkeeper Alec Lam and first-year goalkeeper Alex Singh combined for the shutout, with Lam earning the victory after nearly 77 minutes played.

After facing Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Sunday, Sept. 10, the Tartans will next play against Westminster at home on Friday, Sept. 15.