Women’s soccer defeats Case, loses to Rochester

The Tartans split a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) games this past weekend as they took on Case Western Reserve University on Friday night and the University of Rochester on Sunday afternoon. The Tartans defeated Case 1–0 and dropped a hard-fought 2–1 decision against the Yellowjackets. The games move the Tartans to 7–7–1 on the season and 2–4 in the UAA.

The Tartans were able to come away with a victory on Friday as they defeated Case 1–0 in cold, windy, and rainy conditions. “The field was really wet, and the wetter it got, the more slick the turf got — it was like a Slip ’N Slide,” junior midfielder/defender Amanda Rose said.

In the 17th minute, Rose scored her first goal of the season off a pass from junior forward Kasey Stever. The ball was kicked high into the box by first-year defender Casey Garth and Spartan goalie Kirsten McClain was unable to control the ball. Stever found the ball near the right post, turned, and had her shot blocked by two Case defenders. She collected the rebound and turned and passed back to the center of the box to Rose, who one-timed the ball into the empty left side of the net.

“On the goal, we had really good teamwork,” Rose said. “Casey Garth played a really nice pass into the box, and Kasey Stever worked really hard and passed back to me, and I kicked it in.”

“Going into the game we wanted to come out and impose our style of play and our game to them,” assistant coach Tony Mohammed said. “It was an important game when you talk about UAAs. We did a lot of research in terms of what type of team Case was like, who their most dangerous players were, their style of play, things like that, so we were well prepared. We did well to come out and impose ourselves.”

The strong team defense was evident against Case as the Tartans held the Spartans to only one shot throughout the game. “All week we really worked hard on our team shape,” Mohammed said. “What our roles are and basic principles of defending as a team, and it really paid off today, all the way through, when you look at the forwards [and] what they were doing all the way back to the defenders. A lot of times when you talk about defense you just think about the back four, but really it’s a team concept and that’s what we did well.”

Against Rochester on Sunday, the Tartans gave up an early goal in the eighth minute when Yellowjacket defender Stephanie Klenotich headed in a corner kick from midfielder Laura Morrison. The header took a high bounce over the outstretched hands of sophomore goalkeeper Christie Adams and went into the net.

Rochester added an insurance goal in the 58th minute when forward Emily Urbanczyk received a cross from midfielder Anne McMahon and subsequently blasted a shot past Adams to make the score 2–0 in favor of the Yellowjackets.

The Tartans kept their composure. Sophomore defender Sarah DeWath netted her first goal of her career in the 61st minute to cut the Tartan deficit to one. DeWath collected the rebound off a blocked shot and fired it into the net from around 10 yards out.

Rose was Carnegie Mellon’s last hope, but her free kick from around 25 yards out with six seconds left was saved by Rochester goalie Molly Leitch.

Before the hard-fought loss to Rochester, the Tartans had reeled off three straight wins, two against UAA opponents. “It feels really good to finally get some wins; we’ve been working hard all season,” Rose said.

“All the players are committed, they want to do the right thing, they want to get the results, and they want to enjoy the success,” Mohammed said. “We’ve got a great group; they’re a tight knit group which I can appreciate, and I like spending time with them.”

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team will wrap up its regular season and play its last home game on Sunday when the team squares off against Emory University at noon.