September 27, 2014

Grove City drops heartbreaker to Carnegie Mellon

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Senior Jonathan Rothgeb (State College, Pa./Homeschooled) scored his first goal in nearly two years, but Carnegie Mellon netted a pair of second half goals to hand the Grove City College men's soccer team a heartbreaking 2-1 non-conference loss on Saturday afternoon at College Field.

In a fairly even first 30 minutes of play, CMU (6-3) had the first good looks of the game, but junior goalkeeper Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) made a pair of key saves in the ninth and 26th minutes to keep the Tartans off the board.

Grove City (5-3-1) gained momentum late in the first half and broke through in the 37th minute when freshman Tyler Snow (Syracuse, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) crossed a ball from the left side of the box to Rothgeb just inside the corner of the box on the right side, and Rothgeb sent a dribbling shot past Tartan goalkeeper Jacob Rice into the left side of the net to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

The goal was Rothgeb's first since he scored the game-winner against Waynesburg on October 6, 2012, while Snow registered his first collegiate assist.

The Wolverines would hold their lead through halftime, but Carnegie Mellon found their break when Grove City was called for a pushing foul in the box in the 55th minute, and the Tartans' Connor Webb converted the ensuing penalty kick for his team-leading sixth goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.

After controlling possession and having several good looks in the second half, CMU took the lead in the 84th minute when Dimitrije Slavkovic beat the Grove City defense and found Webb one-on-one with Weaver to give the Tartans a 2-1 lead.

Weaver stopped six shots in goal in the loss. The Tartans held a 13-10 advantage in total shots and an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal.

Grove City kicks off their 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference schedule on Friday when they visit Waynesburg for an 8 p.m. matchup.

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