Men's soccer outshoots #21 CMU, but falls in OT, 1-0

WALTHAM, Mass. – On a rainy night under the lights, the Brandeis University men's soccer team outshot 21st-ranked Carnegie Mellon University, 13-6, taking the Tartans to overtime, but visitors had the most important shot, scoring in the 93rd minute to defeat the Judges, 1-0, in University Athletic Association (UAA) action. Brandeis falls to 7-4 on the season, 1-2 in the UAA, while CMU improves to 9-2, 1-2 UAA. The Judges drop to 0-2 in OT games, while that Tartans rise to 3-2.

In the first half, Brandeis outshot Carnegie Mellon, 5-2, though both of the Tartans' attempts were on net. Senior Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass./St. Johns Prep) made a diving stop in the 28th minute off CMU junior Ian Epperson (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) to keep the game square.

After intermission, Brandeis picked up their intensity, firing seven shots on Tartan sophomore Zach Stahl (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick). Judge junior midfielder Theo Terris (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was the stymied by Stahl three times in just under two minutes, including a strike on a free kick from about 25 yards out that Stahl deflected away from the lower left corner. Stahl came up big on another blast from outside the box in the 62nd minute, corralling a shot by sophomore midfielder Joe Eisenbies (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), but back-to-back stops on senior Steve Keuchkarian (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) and the ensuing rebound by Terris, both from close range, kept the Judges at bay in the 64th minute.

At that stage in the game, Brandeis owned a 12-2 shot advantage. Carnegie Mellon started to get their offense back on track in the final 15 minutes, as Bracken made a couple of fine saves on Tartan rookies Max Tassano (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Lower Merion) and Cole Christensen (Denver, Colo./Rock Canyon). The latter boomed a free kick from near midfield into the box that Bracken snatched away in the 79th. Stahl made seven second-half saves, while Bracken had two, finishing with four for the game.

The decisive play in overtime came at the 92:15 mark. CMU junior midfielder Carmen Minella (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) earned a corner kick, which he sent into the mix. Tartan sophomore midfielder Moni Sallam (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) out-leaped the Brandeis defense to get a head on the ball, burying it for his first collegiate goal.

Brandeis returns to action with a game against their third-straight nationally-ranked opponent, ninth-ranked Emory, in a UAA contest Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CMU heads to NYU at the same time in league play.