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Men's Soccer Opens Year with 7-1 Victory Against Muskingum

men's soccer player wearing white gets around the goalkeeper falling down

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University men's soccer team opened the scoring early against visiting Muskingum University and finished with a 7-1 victory to start the season. Freshman Kuba Yiadom (Bowie, Md. / Charles Herbert Flowers) collected two goals and an assist in his first collegiate action.

Yiadom opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he picked up a loose ball inside the top of the 18-yard box. He touched it to the side and turned with a riffle of a shot to the right side netting for the first marker of the game.

Sophomore Ethan Vertal (Herndon, Va. / Oakton) scored what would go down as the game winner in the eighth minute after he finished a head-flicked ball by Yiadom inside the box.

In the 22nd minute, Yiadom once again got on the scoresheet when he pressure the goalkeeper to use his feet off a back pass. Yiadom picked off the keeper, touched it around him and calmly finished into the now unguarded net.

Graduate student Jordi Long (Washington, D.C. / Montgomery Blair) closed the first half scoring with a shot in the 42nd minute with an unassisted play.

Mahfuz Yakubu scored a penalty kick for the Fighting Muskies seven minutes into the second half just ahead of freshman Eli Kampine (Nashville, Tenn. / Montgomery Bell Academy) scoring for the Tartans to make in 5-1. Kampine headed down a cross off a corner kick by junior Kiran Sarvepalli (Fairfax, Va. / Fairfax).

Freshman Jake Slackman (Ambler, Pa. / Wissahicken) got on the scoresheet in the 78th minute when he received a pass across the box from Long to one touch a shot to a wide open net as Long played the ball past the keeper at the near post.

Sophomore Max Shuskovsky (Morganville, N.J. / Biotechnology HS) then scored in the 82nd minute after sophomore Luke Marolda (West Windsor, N.J. / The Peddie School) played a through ball to Shushkovsky who received it on the run just left of the goal to finish the shot to the right post.

The Tartans will next host the University of Mount Union on Saturday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.