Women’s soccer falls to 0–2 in UAA play

Rain or shine, the Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team was unable to secure a win at home this week. After playing four games away, the Tartans returned to Gesling Stadium for a Wednesday night matchup against Grove City College. The game never progressed past the warm-ups; rain and lightning postponed the game until a later date.

On Sunday afternoon, the Tartans played Washington (Mo.) University in sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, but were still unable to find success, falling to the Bears 3–1.

The loss to Wash. U. dropped the Tartans to 4–5–1 for the season and 0–2 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. The Bears moved to 10–2 and 2–0 in the UAA.

Wash. U. first-year midfielder Caryn Rosoff dominated the game, scoring all the Bears’ goals. Her first goal came in the 10th minute of play, off an unassisted shot from 25 yards out that found the left corner of the Tartan goal. Rosoff scored again in the 28th minute of the game off a pass from junior forward Marin McCarthy. The score remained at 2–0 heading into halftime.

“Coming out of halftime we had nothing to lose,” junior forward Kasey Stever said. “We definitely acted scared our first half, but there was no reason to be. We definitely picked it up the second half and put our best efforts in.”

Carnegie Mellon started the second half of the game off strong, when Stever made a long charge to the Bears’ net in the 54th minute of play. Her shot had just enough momentum to slowly roll into the goal, cutting the Bears’ lead to 2–1.

“Jess Howard played a ball through their defense,” Stever said. “It was a 50/50 ball between me and their goalie. I slid and just barely touched it around the goalie. It took about 10 minutes before it actually rolled in.” The goal brought Stever to a team-high four goals for the season.

Rosoff crushed the Tartans’ momentum less than 10 minutes later when she collected a loose ball in front of the Tartan goal and shot it into the left side of the goal past sophomore goalkeeper Christie Adams to score an insurance goal. Adams had six saves throughout the game.

Wash. U. took 13 shots during the game, compared to Carnegie Mellon’s four. “They played a different formation than most teams,” Stever said. “Three defense, five midfielders, two forwards. There was so much offensive pressure the whole time which was really hard to deal with.”

The Tartans are back on the road next weekend for two UAA matchups. They face Brandeis University on Friday at 5 p.m. and New York University on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Although Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer is 0–2 in UAA play, they are not out of postseason contention.

“We’re definitely not out of it,” Stever said. “It just so happens that the first two teams we played were among the best teams in our conference, not to mention the country. We should see some better results in the next few games.”