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Denison drops heartbreaker to Carnegie Mellon

David Jaben  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
David Jaben | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Greg Bellwoar scored the golden goal with nine seconds remaining in the second overtime, propelling Carnegie Mellon to a 2-1 victory over Denison in the 2018 season opener from Barclay-Thomsen Field.

The Tartan's last-gasp developed when Jack McCambridge sent a long crossing pass into the box from just past the midfield stripe.  Denison goalkeeper Dylan Brown went up to grab the ball before it became a problem, but the ball went off the hands of Brown and dropped into the box where Bellwoar managed to get enough of his right foot on the ball to sneak it into the goal.

It was a crushing defeat for a Denison squad that had turned in a tremendous effort against a quality opponent.  Last year, CMU finished the year with a 10-4-3 record and they handed the Big Red a 5-0 loss on their home pitch in Pittsburgh. 

This year was a different story, especially after Denison jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute of play.  Denison scored first when Matt Rush served a corner kick into the box to the head of David Jaben.  The senior defender finished to net the second goal of his career.

Over the next 75 minutes, the Denison defense continued to turn away the Tartans scoring attempts with the likes of Jaben, Harrison Netburn and Eric Buer and Brown providing some stout defense.

With 2:17 left in regulation, CMU provided the equalizer when Elliot Cohen sent a pass into the box that was settled by Bellwoar and converted for the score.

The match proceeded to overtime where the both team's fitness was tested.  It was a hot and humid night at Barclay-Thomsen Field and cramping was an issue at times.  In the first overtime, both teams attempted one shot.  In the second, CMU outshot Denison 3-0 and out-cornered the Big Red 2-0.

For the match, Carnegie Mellon held a 24-9 advantage in shots.  Brown finished with eight saves for Denison while Alec Lam posted three saves for the Tartans.

Denison returns to action on Sunday when they travel to University Heights to take on John Carroll at 1 p.m.