Women’s soccer drops 4–1 decision to Otterbein College

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team continued their rocky start to the season with a 1–4 defeat at the hands of Otterbein College on Saturday afternoon.
The loss put the Tartans’ record for this season’s games played at 1–4.

Otterbein kicked off the scoring with a goal by Lindsey Rudibaugh during the eighth minute of regulation.

Carnegie Mellon sophomore Brianna Magill tied the score at 1 for the Tartans seven minutes later with the first goal she has made as a Carnegie Mellon player. Magill headed the ball in off another header made by first-year Katie Davis.

The Cardinals were unrelenting, though, as they scored to take a 2–1 lead in the 16th minute on a goal by midfielder Carly Dent. Cardinals midfielder Becky Bowser then scored her first goal in almost two years, taking a cross from Adrienne Novak and depositing it past Tartans junior goalie Anya Rosen for a 3–1 Otterbein advantage.

First-year Tartans goalie Becca Gold entered the game for the second half and played solidly, making saves in the 52nd and 53rd minutes. Unfortunately for the Tartans, Gold let in a goal in the 58th minute on a penalty kick by the Cardinals’ Jenny Knox. The goal put the score at 4–1, where it stayed through the end of play, thanks in part to one more save by Gold in the 71st minute.

“Saturday was another frustrating loss,” Tartans senior defensive player and midfielder Casey Garth said. “We are in a real slump right now, but it is still early in the season. We have three more non-conference games coming up and we are going to have to sort some things out so we can go into conference play 4–4.”

The Tartans next play at home against Allegheny College on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.