Women’s soccer splits 1–1

To start the week, Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer traveled to Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) and took the Presidents in a 1–0 decision. On Saturday, the Tartans fell to Denison University 1–0 in Granville, Ohio.

In Washington, Pa., on Monday, junior Jessica Howard scored the only goal of the game late in the first period off of a corner kick taken by junior Amanda Rose. The goal was Howard’s third of the season.
“Amanda Rose had a perfect corner kick,” said junior Kasey Stever. “The goalie went up for a save but fumbled it. Jess was in the perfect position to one-touch it in.”

In the second half of the game, the Presidents were unable to even the game up, taking only three shots on goal, none of which made it past sophomore goalkeeper Christie Adams.

The Tartans had 18 shots throughout the game, 11 of which were saved by W&J goalie Jackie Foltz. First-year Casey Garth, Stever, and Howard each had three shots on goal during the game.

The win on Monday brought the Tartans’ season record to 3–2–1 and the Presidents’ record to 4–3–1. The Tartans were unable to carry their momentum into the weekend, coming up short against nationally ranked Denison University 1–0.

The Big Red attacked early when Jessie Birdwhistell scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute of play. Birdwhistell gathered a deflected ball and chipped it over Adams’ shoulder to collect the only goal of the game.

“Denison scored early, which made us feel like we had a lot of time to get the game back,” Stever said. “But before we knew it there was 15 minutes left, then 10, then five, then none — we didn’t have a sense of urgency.”

The Tartans’ offense was shut down by the Big Red; they were only able to manage two shots throughout the game. The shots were taken by Stever and Howard, and neither shot was on goal. In contrast, Adams was pummeled by Denison. The team had 16 shots, 11 of which were taken in the second period. Adams had seven saves throughout the game.

“Denison was a very good team, the best we have played so far this season,” head coach Sue Willard said. “Our youth showed. We went out there and Denison threw some stuff our way and we panicked a little bit.”

“We weren’t connecting with each other,” said Stever. “We usually play a possession game, but yesterday we couldn’t string many passes together, leaving us with very few attacking opportunities.” After losing to Denison, the Tartans’ record falls to 3–3–1 while the Big Red improves to 8–1–0.

The Tartans play two more games on the road before returning home, playing Allegheny College at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the University of Chicago at 11 a.m. on Saturday in their first University Athletic Association (UAA) matchup of the season.