Women’s soccer tops Mount Union

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team carried over its momentum from previous matches to triumph over Mount Union College 4–1 last Wednesday, bringing their overall season record to 5–4–1.

The Tartans opened the game strong, setting the tone with a goal off a corner kick by junior Alice Mayfield just five minutes into the game. With the ball rolling in favor of the Tartans, sophomore Elsa Wu followed suit four minutes later and scored the second goal of the game with an assist by Mayfield to bring the score to 2–0. It was Wu’s team-leading fifth goal and 10th point on the season.

Halfway into the 13th minute, junior Emily Overstreet started play with a corner kick, and 15 seconds later, sophomore Nicole Bayley scored the team’s third goal. The Tartans kept their defense strong, with the first of three saves by Anya Rosen just a minute later.

Mount Union finally broke through the Tartans’ powerful defense with 15 minutes to go in the period with a goal by Raider Ashley Kuhn to bring the score to 3–1. This did not hinder the Tartans, however, who continued to push back against Mount Union to keep the score at 3–1 until the end of the first period, during which Rosen recorded two more saves.

The second quarter saw its fair share of action from the Tartans, with Wu kicking things off again with an attempted header. Mayfield garnered her second assist of the game, and first-year Lissie Arndt shot the ball past Mount Union’s goalie two minutes later to give the Tartans a three-goal lead, 4–1. The two teams continued back-and-forth play for the rest of the period, but neither team relinquished any further goals.

“I think we really came together and played as a team. Everyone contributed so we were not depending on just one person,” observed Bayley. “Our game has improved greatly, but we still need to work on putting a full 90 minutes together. We have the opportunity to beat [Washington University in St. Louis] and end up as one of the top teams in the UAAs.”

The Tartans also played Sunday against number 18 Washington University in St. Louis at 1:30 p.m. Check online Tuesday for results.