The Carnegie Mellon men?s soccer team continued their undefeated season this week as they inched past Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday and dominated Juniata on Saturday. Junior forward Jonathan Browne scored in both matches and pulled within one goal of tying the school record for career goals scored.
Wednesday night the Tartans traveled to Washington, Pennsylvania to defeat the Washington & Jefferson Presidents by a score of 1?0. Though the Tartans out-shot their opponent by a 19?6 score, the Presidents proved a defensive challenge. Goalkeeper Tyler Hodgins held Carnegie Mellon scoreless until Browne tallied one in the 70th minute.
?The team had several good chances which we just couldn?t capitalize on. It was a close game but we worked hard and got the win. That?s the most important thing,? said Browne.
Carnegie Mellon did, however, capitalize on their chances Saturday when they hosted the Juniata Eagles. Exceptional teamwork and ball-control by the Tartans throughout the match proved too much for Juniata?s defense as the Tartans cruised to a 4?0 win.
The Tartans? first opportunity came in the 36th minute when a Juniata handball resulted in a penalty shot. Senior midfielder Dan Mastalski rifled the shot but was deflected out by the diving Eagles? keeper, Tim Penrod. It only took another three minutes for the Tartans to score when junior Andrew Park scrapped past Juniata defenders to head a cross from midfielder Sean Filipovitz past Penrod.
?I rather would have put it in easily,? Park said, smiling, ?but we scored and usually it takes some fight to win.?
The second half began with the Tartans applying more pressure to the Juniata defense. A bicycle kick from Browne hardly sailed over the goalpost within the first few minutes of the half. Although the Tartans were able to thread passes through the Eagle defense, they did not score again until the 65th minute, when Browne twice beat Penrod.
Browne?s first goal was an unassisted laser beam into the low far post. His second, thirty-five seconds later, was volleyed off a cross from Andrew Park.
The Tartans? final goal came twelve minutes later when sophomore midfielder Matt Humphrey scored his first career goal by heading in a free kick from Mastalski.
?It felt good to get into the game and make a difference,? said Humprey. ?Hopefully I?ll get many more for the team this year.?
?This was the first game this season that really felt really great,? said Andrew Park. ?We finished our opportunities and didn?t give the opposition many chances.?