The Brandeis men’s soccer team headed down to Pittsburgh, PA, to take on UAA conference opponent Carnegie Mellon University, defeating them 1-0 and giving the Carnegie Mellon Tartans their first loss on the season.
Despite the battle being quite physical—with a total of 22 fouls (14 on Brandeis and eight on Carnegie Mellon) and a total of 11 yellow cards (six on Brandeis and five on Carnegie Mellon)—Brandeis managed to pull off another win on the road.
Devan Casey ’19 boasted the game’s only goal, happening in the 37th minute of the first half of the game. Casey took advantage of a Carnegie Mellon turnover in the defensive zone, launching a shot on goal from 20 yards out and landing it near the left post.
In addition to this shot, the Judges shot another seven times in the first half in comparison to the Tartans’ three attempts. However, in the second half, CMU picked up their offensive game, shooting seven times, while Brandeis had zero. Despite the increase in attacks, Greg Irwin ’20 posted yet another shutout, making three of his four total saves in the second half to protect Casey’s lone goal. This performance was Irwin’s fifth shutout of the season, making it the sixth of his career.
For his outstanding performances, Casey was awarded the Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week by the UAA after being involved in all three goals over the course of the week that led the Judges to their wins against both Carnegie Mellon and MIT.
In the game against MIT, he scored the first goal of the game and assisted the second, giving the Judges a 2-1 advantage in the win. His goal scored against Carnegie Mellon was his first game-winner of his career, adding to his total of three goals overall this season.
This win propels the Judges to a 6-4-1 record overall, standing at 1-0-1 in UAA play. Meanwhile, the No. 8-ranked Carnegie Mellon team falls to 8-1-2 overall, landing at 1-1-0 in conference play.
For the past five years, the two teams have a 4-0-1 record, with Brandeis as the reigning victors. With the No. 10 ranked women also defeating CMU in a 2-0, the Judges completed their very first road sweep of the Tartans.
Returning to the field in Waltham this upcoming weekend, the Judges take on another conference opponent, University of Rochester, on Friday at 5 p.m. They’ll return to the field again on Sunday at 11 a.m. for another UAA match-up against Emory University.