Last Thursday, the Carnegie Mellon women?s soccer team traveled to Meadville, Pennsylvania, to face the Gators of Allegheny College, and came away with a 2?2 tie in a game shortened by lightning. The Tartans remain unbeaten, improving their record to 3?0?2.
The Gators took the early lead in the 19th minute, as midfielder Jen Bilec?s corner allowed teammate Leah Karpa to head the ball inside the far post. However, the home squad?s lead would not last long, as first-year forward Kasey Stever skillfully beat an out-of-position Allegheny goalkeeper to put the Tartans on the scoreboard in the 37th minute. The assist was credited to junior forward Hallie Dumont. Six minutes later, the Tartans took the lead off another Stever goal. Junior forward Vanessa McClain-Duer?s well-placed direct kick allowed the first-year to score her third goal of the season on a header into the upper netting, giving the Tartans a 2?1 halftime lead.
The weather worsened as the second half started, making it difficult for either team to create many chances. In the 79th minute, however, Allegheny managed to tie the game off a 25-yard shot from senior forward Jill Gray. Twenty-four seconds later, the game was suspended due to lightning, and eventually called after the storm did not let up. Since more than 70 minutes of the game had been played before being suspended, the shortened result stands, according to NCAA soccer regulations.
Carnegie Mellon looks to remain undefeated this week as they host Frostburg State on Tuesday, September 21, and travel to Hiram College on September 23. The home game will be played at Gesling Stadium, and is scheduled for a 7:30 pm start.