Tartan women’s soccer beats NYU Violets 2–1

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team traveled to Waltham, Mass., and New York City this past weekend to play Brandeis and New York University (NYU) in University Athletic Association (UAA) action. The Tartans fell 2–1 at the hands of Brandeis on Friday night, but regrouped to edge NYU 2–1 Sunday afternoon.

Against Brandeis on Friday, the Tartans fell behind 1–0 in the 31st minute when Brandeis midfielder Melissa Gorenkoff fired a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off the far post and past Tartan sophomore goalkeeper Christie Adams.

Early in the second half, Carnegie Mellon junior Kasey Stever tied the game at one apiece. In the 51st minute, Stever collected the rebound of sophomore forward Abby Coffin’s missed shot and kicked it into the back of the net.

Unfortunately for Carnegie Mellon, the game did not stay tied for very long. Judges senior forward Lisa Kaplin, their leading scorer on the season, blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the goal in the 63rd minute to give Brandeis a 2–1 lead.

Despite the Tartans out-shooting the Judges 14 to 12, Carnegie Mellon was not able to bring home the victory.
The team fared better on Sunday, as it defeated the NYU Violets 2–1 to collect its first UAA win of the season. The win puts the Tartans at 5–6–1 on the season and 1–3 in the UAA.

Stever scored both of Carnegie Mellon’s goals, giving her seven for the season, five of the last six goals Carnegie Mellon has scored.

Only three minutes and 20 seconds into the game, junior midfielder Jess Howard crossed a pass into the NYU penalty box that Stever was able to head into the net to give the Tartans the early 1–0 lead.

“We came out strong and ready to play [Sunday],” Howard said. “Early in the game, I had the ball on the right side of the field and was able to cross the ball toward the front of the goal and Kasey headed it in. Kasey is very fast, and her speed often times allows her to beat the defender to the ball and she’s good at finishing — being able to kick or head the ball into the net.”

The teams went into the half tied at one after a late Violet goal by midfielder Jennifer Tavares. Her goal was scored with only 34 seconds remaining before halftime.

Stever netted the game-winner for the Tartans with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.

She took a through ball from sophomore forward Abby Coffin and fired a shot into the right corner of the net past NYU goalkeeper Katie Barnes.

“This game was very important for us — it was a must-win,” Howard said. “This win gives us some confidence as we will end the regular season with three home UAA games.”

The Tartans will travel to Erie, Pa., on Sunday to play Penn State–Behrend. The game is set to start at 2 p.m.