Men’s soccer tops Case Western, loses to Rochester

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team suffered its first loss in nearly two months as they were edged by the University of Rochester this past Sunday. The game was a must win for Rochester, who came into the game three points behind the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference leaders, Carnegie Mellon. Both teams have also shown extremely strong records this year and are ranked number 9 (Carnegie Mellon) and number 11 (Rochester) in the NSCAA/Adidas Division III Rankings.

From the kickoff, both sides came out very aggressive as they pushed for the crucial first goal. The Tartans came very close to scoring first as seniors Ricky Griffin and Ryan Browne were able to connect, but Browne’s shot was saved by Yellowjacket goalkeeper, Michael Peacock. Minutes later, Rochester answered back as senior midfielder Scott Cady scored off a crossed ball.

The Tartans continued to press for a goal and nearly got it in the 35th minute when senior forward Pat Lutz mistimed a pass from senior midfielder Keith Haselhoff that would have sent him in on a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The game saw end-to-end action, and despite both teams tallying more than 10 shots, the 1–0 scoreline stood and Rochester went on to claim the victory.

Carnegie Mellon came into the game slightly fatigued, as this was their second away match in three days. The Tartans were able to beat Case Western Reserve University 2–0 on Friday, when Griffin scored his 18th goal of the season and Browne put one in as well. Senior goalie Maks Khurgin recorded his 11th shutout of the season.

The Cardinal and Gray are now 14–2 for the season and 5–1 in conference play. Going into the last week of the regular season, Carnegie Mellon and Rochester are now tied for first in the UAA, and a loss this week for either team will determine the regular season conference champions. With the NCAA tournament less than two weeks away, the last game of the season will be especially important for seeding and whether the Tartans will play at home in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Carnegie Mellon finishes off the regular season this Saturday as they travel to Atlanta to face Emory University.