Spartan Men Play to 1-1 Tie at Rival Carnegie Mellon

Michael Balog (photo by Alicia Nolan)
Michael Balog (photo by Alicia Nolan)

PITTSBURGH – Freshman midfielder Michael Balog (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) scored in the 61st minute, and the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie at University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University on a cold and rainy Friday evening at CMU Soccer Field.

The Spartans (8-4-4, 2-1-2 UAA), unbeaten in five straight, remain tied with the Tartans (8-4-2, 2-1-2 UAA) for third place in the conference with two matches left in the regular season.

CWRU also entered the match ranked fourth in the NCAA Great Lakes Region, while Carnegie Mellon was fifth.  

Balog capitalized on a deflection to score unassisted at the 60:40 mark. The rookie is now tied with junior midfielder Chris Cvecko (Erie, Pa./McDowell) for the team lead with seven goals this season.

Nearly 21 minutes later, the hosts tied the match when Ben Alderoty scored unassisted off of a volley at 81:29. Freshman goalkeeper Calvin Boyle (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and the Spartans had not surrendered a goal in 311 minutes of action.

The last scoring threat in regulation came in the 88th minute as a free kick by sophomore midfielder Jacob Grindel (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University) was turned away on a diving save from CMU goalkeeper Jacob Rice.  

For the match, CWRU led in shots, 13-11, while CMU led in corner kicks, 8-7. In net, Boyle made two saves. Rice stopped five shots.

The Spartans are back in action on Sunday, November 2 at Emory University at 11:00 a.m. in Atlanta.