Fall CMU sports

Over the past two weeks, the fall season for Tartan sports has kicked into gear. Cross country, soccer, and women’s volleyball have all had matches in the two weeks since the start of the new semester.

The men’s cross country team placed second at the Duquesne Duals meet in Schenley Park on the first weekend of the month, placing above the University of Pittsburgh and Youngstown State University, both Division I programs. This past weekend, the Tartans placed first out of ten local colleges, with our runners taking second, fifth, and seventh through eleventh place.

The women’s cross country team placed third out of six teams at the Duquesne Duals, beating Robert Morris University and Youngstown State. At the meet this past weekend, the women’s cross country team also placed in first, but they just barely edged out second-place finishers Case Western. There were only two points of difference between Carnegie Mellon and Case Western, with points adding up depending on what place a runner finishes. If one Carnegie Mellon runner switched places with a Case Western runner, the meet would have ended as a tie.

In men’s soccer, the team won their first matchup against Salisbury University by a score of 2-1, and on the following day, the team lost 3-2 to St. Mary’s University. This weekend was the beginning of a home stand for the team, with a game on Friday against Mount Union that the team lost 1-0. They had a game on 3 p.m. on Sunday, but the game had not finished by time of publication.

Women’s soccer won their first game against Aurora University by a score of 5-0. The following day they lost 1-0 to Northern Ohio University. This weekend they played Denison University and Kenyon College. On Saturday, they tied Denison 2-2 after two overtime periods, and the game against Kenyon began at 1 p.m. with the game-ending too late for publication.

The women’s volleyball team is undefeated to start the season. They have a 7-0 record in matches this season, only dropping three total sets across their seven games. To start the season, the team went to Case Western to play in a tournament, where they went 3-0. In their first single game, they played against St. Vincent University at home. But their most impressive wins have been this past weekend at Juniata College against 15th ranked Ithaca College and third-ranked Juniata. Next weekend, the team has a tournament at home, the DoubleTree Invitational, where they will play four games between Friday and Saturday.