Oct. 24 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Carnegie Mellon scored five times following halftime to open up a close match and pull away for a 6-1 victory over the Bethany College men’s soccer team in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon at Hoag Field.
The loss drops the Bison to 8-9-1 overall, while the Tartans, who are ranked 25th in the country, improved to 10-2-1.
The Tartans struck for the opening goal in the eight minute, but the rest of the half was fairly even. The advantage in shots was held by CMU 6-4 and Tartan keeper Zach Stahl made three saves to keep the Bison off the board. On the other end, Bethany sophomore keeper Matt Burt (Ashford, England/Homewood) stopped a pair of shots to keep the deficit at 1-0 going into the intermission.
The big break came just under five minutes into the second half when Bethany was called for a hand ball in the box. The ensuing penalty kick was converted by CMU’s Max Tassano to make it 2-0. Unfortunately for the Bison, the Tartans offense started clicking from there, as they added goals in the 61st, 70th, 73rd minutes and scored off another PK in the 86th minute.
The highlight for Bethany came at the 86:08 mark. Senior Justin Wilkinson (Follansbee, W.Va./Brooke) delivered a corner kick that freshman Arkangelo James (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) headed past CMU keeper Josh Heuslein. The ball just crossed over the goal line before it was cleared by a Tartan defender, but the goal gave James 15 on the season. The BC freshman, who was tied for fourth in the nation in goals scored at the start of the week, now has the most goals by a Bison player since Start Bracker scored 20 in 2001.
Bethany will be back at Hoag Field Wednesday for their regular season finale at 3:30 against Westminster. Already in good position to earn a spot in the PAC Tournament, the Bison can remove all doubt and clinch a berth in the playoffs with a victory over the Titans (3-10-3, 2-3).