No. 6 Carnegie Mellon scores two first-half goals, downs No. 17 Brandeis
WALTHAM, Mass. -- With a 2-1 win Sunday against No. 17 Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon stands atop the University Athletic Association (UAA) with one game to play. The No. 6 Tartans won their fourth consecutive game, third in a row on the road, and improve to 12-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the UAA.
For the fourth time in six games, the Tartans found themselves down a goal when Brandeis (15-2-1, 3-2-1) got on the board first with a goal by Tyler Savonen in the 15th minute. Robbie Lynch played a long ball into the Tartan defense and Savonen ran to meet the pass and slid it under junior keeper Christopher Madden.
Carnegie Mellon kept its composure and on their third shot after Brandeis' goal, junior Christopher Wysocki found the equalizer in the 39th minute.
Junior Cole Christensen played a cross to senior John Crawshaw. He then tapped it to Wysocki who finished for his third goal of the season.
A minute later, the Tartan defense blocked a shot by Brandeis' Josh Hacunda, which led to the eventual game-winner by junior Max Tassano in the 42nd minute. Tassano's team-leading 11th goal of the season came from 20 yards out and deflected off two defenders before going over the goal line for the score.
Wysocki nearly added to the Tartans' lead in the 57th minute but Brandeis keeper Blake Minchoff knocked the shot over the crossbar for the save.
The back line of senior Alex Abedian, sophomore Jakob Rohwer, senior Ben Bryant and sophomore Mark Nicholas helped keep the Judges off the board as Madden made two more saves for the game, including one in the 89th minute to preserve the win.