Men's soccer shutouts end at six in a row after Sunday

Sophomore midfielder Jack Painter passes through a Grove City player. (credit: Jeanette De La Torre- Duran/ Junior Photographer) Sophomore midfielder Jack Painter passes through a Grove City player. (credit: Jeanette De La Torre- Duran/ Junior Photographer)

Junior midfielder Jamie Wheaton scored his first career goal on Friday, as the 14th-ranked men’s soccer team defeated Grove City College 2–0 on Friday. The Tartans move their record to 6–1 with their sixth consecutive shutout, while the Wolverines drop to 4–2–2.

Junior midfielder Zack Masciopinto put the Tartans ahead 1–0 in the 42nd minute when he connected on a header following a corner kick by junior defender Philip Petrakian. The corner kick was served to the far post where Masciopinto met it with a header to the near post for his fourth goal of the season.

The goal came on the Tartans’ third shot of the half, as Wheaton put a header on frame in the third minute and junior forward Anthony Gulli put a shot high in the 14th minute.

Grove City put their second shot on frame in the 49th minute, but junior goalkeeper Alec Lam pulled the ball down and kept them from tying the game.

Wheaton’s first career goal came in the 73rd minute when he blasted a low shot from the corner of the 18-yard box to the left post. Sophomore forward Alex Dziadosz played a ball to senior Ryan Stinebaugh with his back to the goal. Stinebaugh settled the pass and touched it out wide to Wheaton who dribbled by a defender and fired the shot on goal.

Lam earned his sixth win and third shutout by making two saves.

On Sunday, the Tartans’ shutout streak came to an end against the 5th-ranked John Carroll University. The game ended in a 1–1 tie after both defenses outlasted double overtime.

Sophomore midfielder Elliot Cohen scored the lone goal for the Tartans in the 26th minute, flying past a John Carroll defender to get a shot past the goalie and putting the Tartans up 1–0. From there, both defenses played extremely stoutly, with opportunities few and far between for both offenses. Though it looked like the Tartans would earn their seventh straight shutout and hand John Carroll their first loss of the season, the visiting team remained determined to defy the Tartans. On the 89th minute, John Carroll made their move, getting past Lam at the literal last second to tie the game 1–1. The overtime periods saw both defenses stifle attempts to break the stalemate, ending the game at the 1–1 mark which still managed to mar John Carroll’s previously perfect record.

The Tartans will open up play against their University Athletic Association (UAA) rivals when they face New York University on Saturday, Sept. 30.