Reano goal leads Tartan 1–0 victory
The Carnegie Mellon men's soccer team began September with a crushing double overtime loss at Dickinson College last Saturday, only to emerge victorious in a shutout at Elizabethtown College yesterday, bringing their record to 3–1.
The match started with an early Dickinson lead after their only regulation goal by Dickinson midfielder Isaac Pitkow in the fifth minute. It wasn’t until the second half that the Tartans got on the board with senior midfielder Matt Sarett’s score against Dickinson goalkeeper Reed Milbrath with less than 15 minutes in regulation left.
However, the major upset came in double overtime with two seconds left, when Dickinson forward Alfred Hylton-Dei scored, with a final score of 2–1 in Dickinson’s favor.
Senior midfielder Mike Ferraco gave the Dickinson team credit for their performance on the field. ”Dickinson was the best team we played this week,” Ferraco said. “The best team we’ve played so far.”
The main talking point of the match against Dickinson was definitely how unbelievably close it was between the two teams. “It was a crazy game, really bizarre,” said senior defender Ben Bryant. Ferraco agreed, saying that, “It was ridiculous game, everything that could have happened did.”
After the heartbreaking defeat at Dickinson, the Tartans were ready to bring their A-game to Elizabethtown, Pa. for their next match. “We were trying to learn some lessons from [Saturday]’s loss,” Bryant said.
After an early barrage of shots by the Tartans against Elizabethtown, senior defender/midfielder Jerome Reano delivered, scoring the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute. With some crucial saves by junior goalkeeper Jacob Rice, the team was able to hold for a 1-0 shutout win against Elizabethtown, leaving the Tartans with a 3–1 record.
The team was motivated after Saturday to execute and come back strong on Sunday. “We bounced back really well today,” Ferraco said. “It’s hard to come off of a loss like that.”
Four games into the season, the team is looking forward to making the grade. “Our next few games are where we are really going to have to prove ourselves,” Ferraco said.
The Tartans are hopeful that their experiences so far in the season will help do exactly that. “You learn from your mistakes,” Bryant said, “and that’s something we want to carry on.”
The men’s soccer team will face Geneva College this Wednesday at a 7 p.m. match at home, followed by an away game against Allegheny College on Saturday at 1 p.m.