Women’s soccer falls to Emory 0–1 in double OT
A 105th-minute goal made the difference in a thrilling head-to-head battle Saturday when the Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team played host to the Eagles of Emory University in the team’s final University Athletic Association (UAA) contest, which ran into double overtime.
The devastating 1–0 defeat concluded the collegiate careers of senior co-captains Mary Ashe, Abby Coffin, and Sarah DeWath, who have contributed immensely to the success of the women’s soccer program during their time at Carnegie Mellon. The Tartans conclude their regular season with an 8–6–3 overall record and a 2–4–1 in the UAA.
Both teams came out hard at the first whistle, as the run of play went back and forth and regulation play ended in a scoreless tie.
Emory may have recorded six wins in the UAA, with 15 overall, but Carnegie Mellon certainly gave the Eagles a run for their money Saturday, forcing Emory to give up six corners and 18 free kicks. However, Emory managed to outshoot the Tartans by a dramatic 16 to five. Those five Carnegie Mellon shots led to several nail-biting moments that defined the flow of the game. Many of them missed the goal frame by a matter of inches. As was the case when junior Casey Garth struck a shot that hit the crossbar with 30 minutes left on the clock, an unfortunate fate that seemed to haunt the Tartans throughout the entire season.
A sense of urgency erupted in the waning minutes of regulation as neither team wanted to enter sudden death overtime or let in a goal. With both sides focusing more on their attack, the game turned into rapid fire, when within a few minutes of each other, two shots were taken by Carnegie Mellon around the 68th mark, which seemed to give the Tartans the confidence they needed to lay on the pressure.
Unfortunately, the Eagles rebounded in the last seven minutes to rally off four shots, but sophomore goalkeeper Anya Rosen dipped and dived to protect her net. Rosen tallied a total of seven saves, with two in the first overtime.
First overtime proved to be uneventful but the game-deciding goal came in the fifth minute of the second overtime when an Emory defender rifled a shot from 30 yards out, which sailed past Rosen to hit the top right corner and give the Eagles another UAA victory.
After the game, head coach Sue Willard told the team, “You didn’t lose today — you made them work hard to come away with the win. They had to fight to beat you to get it. You made them earn that goal, and they didn’t get it easily.”
The team will find out if it made postseason play tonight when the results of ECAC and NCAA standings are released.