Women’s soccer splits the week, starts UAA competition at Gesling Stadium

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team opened up University Athletic Association (UAA) conference play Sunday with a match against 22nd-ranked Washington University in St. Louis, and dropped a disappointing 1–0 decision. The Tartans’ record now moves to 5–3–2 overall and 0–1–0 in the UAA. Earlier in the week, Carnegie Mellon hosted the Grove City Wolverines, tallying a 1–0 win with the game-winning goal from senior co-captain Abby Coffin. The goal marks her fifth of the season and 34th career goal to help break the record for most career goals in Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer history.

The Tartans dominated the run of play Wednesday when they were given 10 free kicks and seven corners, which allowed them to crank 12 shots in comparison to Grove City’s two. It was not until the 61st minute, however, that one would eventually make it through the defense and into the back of the net. A corner kick served by sophomore defender Emily Overstreet sailed across the goal mouth to the back post, where Coffin anxiously awaited to slam the ball past the Wolverine goalkeeper. The lone goal of the match carried more weight than just a win for Carnegie Mellon, as it was also Coffin’s record-breaking goal.

Carnegie Mellon concluded the match with a shutout, the team’s fourth of the season. Wednesday’s victory prepared the Tartans for what would become one of the toughest and most important matches of the season.

The two conference teams came out strong in Saturday’s match with a fairly equal distribution of team possession. However, statistically, the Bears were the aggressors, with 15 shots taken in comparison to the Tartans’ five. Carnegie Mellon was unable to capitalize on any of the five corner kicks awarded, nor seven of the free kicks, but with the change in formation, the team was able to apply more pressure in the attacking third.

The game’s only goal came in the 41st minute, when an unmarked Wash. U. forward headed an oncoming throw-in from a teammate into the back netting, catching the Tartans’ sophomore goalkeeper Anya Rosen off guard. The one-point advantage for the Bears remained until the final whistle.

Moments before the conclusion of the first half, Rosen collided hard with a challenging Wash. U. forward and was taken off the field due to a sustained injury. As a result, junior goalkeeper Kristen Bell saw time and finished out regulation, coming up big with four huge saves. Rosen had recorded three during her playing time.

“It was exciting to have our first conference game at home. The team fought hard and had a good level of intensity for all 90 minutes. Unfortunately, we just weren’t able to capitalize on our opportunities, and they were [able to],” Bell said. “The circumstances that allowed me to come in and play were unfortunate as well, but I was excited to have a chance to show what I can do in goal to help this team.”

The Tartans were handed their first conference loss of the season, but will attempt to rally when they travel Saturday to take on the Maroons of the University of Chicago, with game time set for 11 a.m. CT.