Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Athletics

Nov. 14 - (PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's soccer team defeated Thomas More College 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer tournament. The Tartans were led by senior Pat Lutz's (Lebanon, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) one goal and two assists, as they move to 15-2-1 on the year. The Saints finish their season with a 17-3-1 record.

The win marked the third NCAA victory in program history and second in consecutive years as the Tartans started the 2008 NCAA tournament with a win over Calvin College.

In the first-ever home NCAA contest, the Tartans got on the board early with a goal in the fifth minute of play. Senior Ricky Griffin (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) played a ball through the center of the field where fellow senior Ryan Browne (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) was there to collect it, turn and touch a shot past the Saints keeper for a one-goal lead.

Thomas More equalized in the 36th minute after senior keeper Maks Khurgin (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) made a diving save on a shot by Dan Miller. Andrew Sullivan was there to pick up the rebound and find the net before Khurgin could get off the ground and cover the loose ball. The goal was Sullivan's first of the season.

Four minutes into the second period, senior Jon Hall (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp.) cleared a ball forward into the opposing 18-yard box. Lutz was there to challenge the keeper who had the ball ricochet off his hands, right of the goal. Lutz picked up the loose ball with his back to the goal and shot across his body into the open net for the Tartans 2-1 advantage.

In the 65th minute the Tartans were awarded a corner kick which Lutz sent through the six-yard box. Senior Jon Simon (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) was there to meet it head on for his third goal of the year.

About four minutes later Lutz sent a driving corner kick across the box where Browne settled it at the far post and fired home the fourth goal of the game for the Cardinal and Gray.

Ricky Barria cut the deficit in half for Thomas More with a goal in the 73rd minute off an assist from Keith Kreidenweis. Barria one-timed a through ball past a diving Khurgin.

The Tartans will now face Medaille College who defeated Denison University 3-0 in the first game at Gesling Stadium. The second round match-up is set to begin at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 15, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon.