Women's soccer beats #8 Chicago

The women?s soccer team only managed two shots on goal in their division opener Sunday versus Chicago. However, two was all they would need, as both found the back of the Chicago net to seal a 2?0 victory on the Gesling turf. The victory puts the team at 7-0-2 for the season and 1-0 in their quest for a University Athletic Association title.

The Tartans started the game strongly, scoring just nine minutes into the game to put the visiting Maroons in a hole early. Sophomore defender Amanda Rose blasted a free kick off the left post of the Chicago goal, creating a pile-up in front of the net. Junior midfielder Lisa Pascoli pushed the ball past outstretched Chicago goalie Andrea Przybysz to give the Tartans a 1-0 lead.

The Maroons appeared as if they would tie the game in the 58th minute as a Chicago forward took a shot to the left side of the net that appeared to be heading in until senior defender Mollie Salpeter ran in front of it to clear the ball out of the Carnegie Mellon zone. This would be the one save of the day that first-year keeper Christie Adams did not make.

The team added another goal with just three minutes to play when first-year Abigail Coffin, the team?s leading scorer, headed in another free kick from Rose. The play gave Rose her second assist of the night on a play where she crossed the ball in front of the net to Coffin, who headed the ball past Przybysz.
tough Allegheny College defense Tuesday night. The Tartans were unable to find the back of the net despite putting 13 shots on goal throughout 110 minutes of play. In contrast, Tartan keeper Mary Ashe didn?t have to make one save the whole night, as Allegheny was only able to get off two shots that sailed wide of the net.

Carnegie Mellon?s driving offense kept the ball in the Allegheny side of the field for most of the night. However, when the defense was tested, they rarely gave in, allowing just two corner kicks for the whole game. Led by Salpeter, the team?s back line allowed nothing to get behind them, giving Ashe an easy night guarding the net.

On the opposite site, Allegheny keeper Beth Van Parys was busy all night, making ten saves in regulation and three more in the two overtimes. Carnegie Mellon had a balanced offensive attack, with Hallie Dumont, Jessica Howard, and Kristin Bevilacqua each putting two shots on net.

The common theme during the season for the Tartans has been the strong play of first-year goalies Ashe and Adams, who have allowed only one goal in nine games on the season. Backed by a strong defensive line, their play has been an X-factor for the team and should bump them up the UAA rankings list. This is combined with the offensive presence of first-year Coffin, who has seven of the team?s 27 total goals and has added an extra dimension to the team. Their victory Sunday may lead to a national ranking.
The team will return to action Sunday, October 9, to face Washington University in Saint Louis.