Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University Sports Information Department

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The #10 Carnegie Mellon University men's soccer team advanced to the sectionals of the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship with a 1-0 win over visiting Medaille College Sunday afternoon. A penalty kick in the 68th minute proved to be the difference maker as the Tartans advanced to the final 16 for the first time in school history.

The Tartans (16-2-1) did control the game in shots with 15 and opportunities on goal with four while Medaille (18-3-2) got off seven shots with one on frame.

Medaille's lone shot on net was in the 27th minute when Alexander Rouse lasered a shot straight at Tartan keeper Maks Khurgin (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista).

Senior Pat Lutz (Lebanon, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) attempted three shots in the first period, forcing Ryan Goettel to make a save in the 20th minute.

In the 55th minute, junior Max Betzig (Pinckney, Mich./Greenhills) controlled a deflected ball and raced down the left sideline to take an open shot which was stopped by Goettel. Senior Ryan Browne (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) had a few shots stopped by Goettel, including a header that Goettel tipped high over the bar. He then had two shots blocked by the defense after corner kicks by Lutz.

At 67:37, a Medaille defender was called for a foul in the box after tugging at the shorts of striker Ricky Griffin (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings). Browne stepped to the line and fired home the penalty kick for the one-goal advantage.

The Mavericks were able to get a couple shots off as time ticked down but neither were on frame.

Khurgin made one save in the win for the Tartans but freshman Zach Stahl (East Brunswick, N.J.) minded the net well in the second period after Khurgin left the game due a collision.

The Tartans will now take on Calvin College who advanced with a 2-1 win over Wheaton (Ill.) College and a shootout victory of Wartburg (Iowa) College. Carnegie Mellon and Calvin faced each other in the first round of last year's tournament with the Tartans prevailing 3-0. The game time and place will be determined late Monday afternoon.