Men’s soccer team shuts out Chicago

The Tartan men’s soccer team opened University Athletic Association (UAA) play on Saturday, coming up with a huge victory by defeating the University of Chicago Maroons 1–0. The win, coupled with their 4–1 victory Tuesday over Marietta College, leaves them at 7–2 (1–0 in the UAA) on the season.

The Tartans, coming off a 1–0 home loss to the Maroons last season, needed to beat Chicago to keep their championship hopes alive in a highly competitive conference. After a scoreless first half in which the Tartans held a 5–3 shot advantage, Carnegie Mellon scored one of their biggest goals of the season.

Senior forward Jonathan Browne scored his second goal of the year and what proved to be the game’s only goal in the 53rd minute. The Tartan defense and sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Bazin stood up to the numerous offensive attacks mounted by the Maroons to preserve the one-goal lead in which Bazin collected four saves.

“Beating the University of Chicago gives us some momentum heading into the rest of UAA play,” said senior forward Andrew Park. “We came out pretty strong Saturday, and after we scored early in the second half, we just needed to hold on. After Browne’s goal, Chicago started coming at us pretty hard the last 20 or 30 minutes of the game, and our defense stood up to the challenge. For the seniors, we’d lost to Chicago our freshman year, tied them sophomore year, and lost last year, so this was the first time we’d beaten them during our time here.”

Earlier in the week, the Tartans snapped their two-game losing streak by defeating the Marietta College Pioneers 4–1 on the road. After each team scored a goal in the first half, first-year midfielder Ricky Griffin scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 59th minute when he unleashed a shot from inside the 18-yard box that found its way between Marietta goalkeeper Brian Bugge and the right post.

Carnegie Mellon was able to add two late goals by first-year midfielder Patrick Lutz and Griffin, respectively, to put the game out of reach. Lutz scored in the 79th minute off a cross from first-year midfielder Ryan Browne, and Griffin netted his second goal of the game in similar fashion off a cross from first-year midfielder Jonathan Simon in the 84th minute.

Sophomore midfielder Daniel Brackley had scored the first goal of the game in the 15th minute when he took a pass from Park and made a shot that deflected off a Marietta defender and into the left side of the net. The Tartan lead did not stand very long, however, as the Pioneers answered four minutes later with Kyle Muth’s team-leading fifth goal of the season. Muth’s shot found an opening in the upper left corner of the net, out of Bazin’s reach. The Tartans outshot the Pioneers 12–3 with Bazin collecting one save in the win.

“The game against Marietta was a must-win,” said Park. “We just had to go in and do the job. Fortunately, we were able to get the job done and get ready for Chicago in the process.”

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team will next be in action on Thursday when they host Point Park University at 7:30 p.m.