Soccer defeats Case Western 1–0, Mount Union 3–0

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team took on Mount Union College in Gesling Stadium Sunday, recording a solid 3–0 victory with two goals coming from junior midfielder Casey Garth. The team also hosted two University Athletic Association (UAA) rivals last weekend, splitting the games with a 1–0 loss against the 18th-ranked University of Rochester Yellowjackets last Friday and a 1–0 victory over the Case Western Reserve University Spartans last Sunday. The games improve the team’s record to a 7–5–2 overall and 1–3–0 in the UAA.

The Tartans were quickly at a disadvantage when Rochester attacked the Carnegie Mellon net in the sixth minute. A Yellowjacket forward controlled a cross from her teammate and chipped the ball over Tartan sophomore goalkeeper Anya Rosen to put Rochester on the scoreboard. The one-goal deficit would remain throughout regulation despite the Yellowjackets predominantly running the flow of play and outshooting the Tartans 15–2. Although Carnegie Mellon cranked up the pressure in the final minutes of the match, the team was unable to equalize, and the matchup marked the Tartans’ third UAA loss.

After coming off a disappointing defeat from two days earlier, Carnegie Mellon rallied in the opening seconds against Case Western Reserve, when senior co-captain Abby Coffin put the game’s first and only goal away in the starting 49 seconds. Sophomore midfielder Alice Mayfield served a cross to the far post, where Coffin redirected the ball past Case Western Reserve goalkeeper with one touch. Coffin lead the team in goals scored with 11.

The Tartans came out strong Sunday against Mount Union, with a first-half goal hanging over the Raiders’ heads for the majority of regulation, followed by two quick goals in the 87th and 90th minutes to put Carnegie Mellon up by three. Sophomore forward Valerie Corvino volleyed a cross from first-year teammate Nicole Bayley to score the game’s first goal in the 39th minute. Carnegie Mellon moved the ball around the field beautifully and created several goal scoring opportunities, outshooting the Raiders. The team picked up speed in the waning minutes of the half, when Garth recorded her first career goal in the 87th minute. She finished a loose ball in the box after sophomore defender Emily Overstreet struck a free kick to the far post. With just 12 seconds left on the clock, Garth put away her second career goal with an assist from senior co-captain Sarah DeWath, once again after a Mount Union misclear.

“I thought we played well today. We could have come out a little sharper at the beginning, but once we settled in, I thought we did a good job of keeping possession and getting behind the defense,” Garth said. “It was awesome to finally score. I played in the back my first two years here, so it’s nice to find some success in the midfield.”

The team will face more UAA opponents this weekend when it travels to New York and Boston, with a match against New York University Friday and against Brandeis University Sunday.