Men’s soccer triumphs over visiting St. Vincent 5–0, Grove City College 6–0

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team recorded their sixth and seventh consecutive wins this week after shutting out both St. Vincent College (6–0) and Grove City College (5–0). In the span of two games, the team scored a whopping 11 goals against their opponents and allowed none in goal. The wins put the Tartans at 8–1 for the season and will most likely push them down in the NSCAA/Adidas Division III rankings in the upcoming week. The team is currently ranked number 12.

Perhaps the most incredible feat of the week came from senior forward Ricky Griffin, who scored a record of five goals in one game against St. Vincent last Wednesday afternoon.The goalfest began in the 20th minute of the match, when Griffin received a pass in front of the goal from fellow senior Keith Hasselhoff and easily put a shot past the keeper to put the Tartans up 1–0. Six minutes later, Griffin used his speed on a breakaway to bury the ball in the left corner of the goal.

In the second half, Griffin came out hungry for more as he scored three more goals within the first eight minutes of the half. His third goal of the day, and second unassisted, was scored off a 15-yard blast into the upper right corner. Shortly thereafter, Griffin took an assist from senior Ryan Browne to score his fourth of the day. Three and a half minutes later, Griffin netted perhaps his most brilliant goal of the day as he scored off a beautiful diving header. Sophomore Kyle Young topped off the scoring in the 76th minute, making his first goal of his collegiate career.
The onslaught continued on Saturday as the Tartans downed Grove City College in a rain-soaked home fixture. The team maintained possession throughout the vast majority of the first half, but initially had trouble getting on the score sheet. Sophomore Brad Edelman looked dangerous early on as he continuously put pressure on the Grove City back line, but was unable to take advantage of a few opportunities.

The team was also hampered by two offside calls before finally scoring in the 36th minute on yet another goal by Griffin. The weather conditions worsened after the half as the rain and wind picked up, but the Tartans played on unaffected. The goals came easy for seniors Pat Lutz, Ryan Heuler, and Griffin, as each scored in the second half within a 10-minute period to put the Tartans up 4–0. Senior Jon Hall then joined the parade with his first goal of the season to seal the 5–0 victory. Senior goalie Maks Khurgin continued his excellent play as he posted his sixth shutout of the year.

The Tartans’ next match will be at home against the Bison of Bethany College this Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.