Oct. 3, 2010

Courtesy of Chicago

-- Senior Alex Clifford (Andover, Mass./ Phillips Academy) scored with 1:20 remaining in the second overtime period to lift the University of Chicago men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over second-ranked and previously undefeated Carnegie Mellon University in the University Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday at Stagg Field.

With time winding down in the contest, freshman Sam Duffield (Aurora, Ill.. Marmion Academy) played the ball through the midfield to Clifford, who scored his second goal of the season on a breakaway to give the Maroons (7-3 overall, 1-0 UAA) the upset victory.

Following a scoreless first half, Carnegie Mellon (8-1, 0-1) took the lead when Kyle Young headed in a ball that remained in play along the goal line as a result of swirling winds.

Chicago tied the match when junior Alan Pikna (Wauwatosa, Wis./ West) blasted a 35-yard free kick past Tartan netminder Josh Hauslein, who finished with 10 saves on the day.

Junior Chris Giusto (Davie, Fla./ Heritage) collected a pair of saves as the Maroons outshot Carnegie Mellon 21-14, including a 9-0 count in the two overtime periods.

The Maroons play their first conference road match of the season next Saturday, Oct. 9 at Emory University in Atlanta.