The Carnegie Mellon University men's soccer team picked up a 1-0 win on Sunday, September 30 against visiting Washington University to open University Athletic Association play. The #4 Tartans scored late in the first half to advance their record to 8-1 on the season while the Bears drop their third straight to fall to 5-3-1.
Junior Max Tassano (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Lower Merion) scored his seventh goal of the season to give the Tartans a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute after Washington was whistled for a foul 25 yards from the goal. Senior defender Ben Bryant (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills) served the free kick, which was lined up center to the goal, to the left post where Tassano flicked a header to the left corner with his back to the goal. The assist was Bryant's eighth for the season.
Prior to Tassano's goal, Bryant had a shot saved by Washington's Jonathan Jebson in the second minute of the game while shots by Bryant and senior John Crawshaw (Pittsburgh, Pa./Carnegie) were wide in the 17th and 21st minutes.
Washington registered its first shot of the period in the 40th minute when Zachary Query's attempt was wide of the net.
In the second period, Jebson made a diving save on a shot by junior Mike Ferraco (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) shortly after Tassano had a shot blocked by the defense in the 58th minute.
Junior Christopher Madden (Reisterstown, Md./Calvert Hall) made a save on a shot by Michael Flowers in the 67th minute and multiple times came off his line to secure any free balls within the 18-yard box.
Central defenders Jakob Rohwer (Southborough, Mass./Phillips Academy Andover) and Alex Abedian (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North) helped preserve the Tartans' fifth shutout of the year while outside backs Brandon Peck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) and Bryant kept the Bears from attacking from the sidelines and consistenly joined the Tartan attack moving forward.
"We did exactly what we wanted to do in the first half and we remained composed in the second," head coach Arron Lujan said. "It's great to open league play with a victory."
The Tartans will next face the University of Chicago on the road on Saturday, October 6. The game is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. central standard time.