Women’s soccer drops two against Case and Rochester

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team faced a rough week in their most recent round of University Athletic Association play, falling first to Case Western Reserve 0–1 Friday night and then to number 10 University of Rochester 1–2. The Tartans stand at 6–7–2 for the season and at 1–3–2 in the UAAs, with one game left next Saturday against Emory University.

The Tartans had a slow start against Case Western, with neither team hitting a breakthrough in the other’s defense until the 62nd minute, when the Spartans’ offense scored the only goal of the game. While the Tartans had superb offense, with attempts by first-year Katie Davis, junior Emily Overstreet, sophomore Elsa Wu, and sophomore Ashley Baker, the Spartans’ goalkeeper, Anna Kennedy, managed to save every kick to keep Case in the lead.

The following Sunday the Tartans traveled to New York to face number 10 Rochester for one of their final UAA matches. Like the previous game, both the Tartans and Yellowjackets put up solid defense, preventing any action until two minutes before the end of the first period, when Rochester’s Ellen Coleman headed the ball in for a goal to put Rochester ahead 0–1. Wu had a lone shot attempt, and junior goalie Anya Rosen had one save for the period.

Just eight minutes into the final period, the Yellowjackets scored their second goal to increase their lead to 0–2. With minutes left before the buzzer, Overstreet directed a corner kick to Davis, who directed the ball in Rochester’s net for the Tartans’ only goal. Rosen contributed another save, along with Overstreet and first-year Lissie Arndt, who each had one effort at a goal.

“The team had an incredible second half against Rochester and we definitely outplayed them,” Wu remarked. “I guess it’s just a pity that we didn’t have a good first half, because if we had played the entire game like we did the second half, we would have won.”

“Our team had one of our best games against Rochester this past weekend,” Overstreet said. “We worked hard as a team and did an excellent job stringing passes together. Unfortunately, we let up two goals early and seemed to run out of time before we could tie it up.”

Although the Tartans will not make the NCAA playoffs, they remain determined to end the season on a positive note.

“For our last game at Emory, we just need to go in with the same mentality we had at Rochester,” Overstreet added. “We can win the game if we continue to work hard and play as a team. Depending on other UAA results, a win at Emory would put us in the middle of the rankings at the end of the season.”

Wu agreed with her teammate. “Unfortunately, the result of the game won't change anything. We’re out of the running for NCAAs, but I know the team wants to end the season with a definitive win, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Tartans play their final game of the season next Saturday when they travel to Atlanta, Ga. to face Emory University.