Women’s soccer records a win and a loss

Last week, the Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team started off on the right foot as they defeated Allegheny College on Tuesday in double overtime 2–1. On Saturday, the Tartans lost a hard-fought battle against the University of Chicago 1–0.

At Allegheny, the two teams played to a scoreless first half. In the 52nd minute of play, Sarah Beth Berner’s goal gave Allegheny the lead. However, Carnegie Mellon junior forward Kasey Stever headed a pass from junior defender Amanda Rose to tie the game with about 10 minutes of play left. The goal was Stever’s third of the season.

“Kasey’s goal to tie the game was really big,” Rose said. “Our team has had a hard time finishing the ball, so when she put it in, it was a great boost of confidence.”

In the first overtime, Stever took advantage of a beautiful cross from Rose, but the ball hit the crossbar. “I slid and tried to do a mid-air volley-type deal, but clearly it hit the crossbar. It was sweet though, because that play really got everyone pumped both on and off the field,” Stever said.

The re-energized Tartans finally scored in the second overtime on a goal by sophomore forward Amanda Coffin. Coffin’s shot in the 103rd minute gave the women’s team a well-deserved win. The Tartans out-shot Allegheny 17–3.

After the game-ending buzzer, the Tartans ran out on the field in celebration. This was an especially meaningful victory for the Tartans because they had tied Allegheny the past two years. The women’s team improved to 4–3–1 after Tuesday’s victory.
“Our speed of play picked up in overtime, and we really outplayed our opponents. I am very proud of the whole team for how we worked together to win a tough game in tough field conditions,” Coffin said.

“It was a real hard-fought game. We needed to win this game,” head coach Sue Willard said. “Persistence paid.”
However, the Tartans could not build on their emotional comeback win as they fell short against the University of Chicago in the Tartans’ first University Athletic Association (UAA) matchup on Saturday. Last year, the Tartans upset the eighth-ranked University of Chicago.

Chicago scored within the first 10 minutes of the game on a goal by Sigrid Nachtergaele. The Tartans were held to only three shots, while Chicago had six. Stever had two shots on goal. Sophomore goalie Christie Adams had two saves.

After Saturday’s loss, the women’s soccer team fell to 4–4–1 overall and 0–1–0 in the UAA. The University of Chicago Maroons improved their overall record to 7–1–1 and 1–0–0 in the conference.

The women’s soccer team will return home to play Grove City College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. On Sunday, they will resume UAA conference play with an 11 a.m. home game against Washington University of St. Louis.