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Women’s soccer wins two this week

The Carnegie Mellon women's soccer team reversed their recent bad fortunes with two victories this past week. The team first pulled out a 1–0 nail-biter over Allegheny College on Wednesday before asserting themselves in a 2–0 win over John Carroll University on Saturday. The victories improved the Tartans' record to 3–4 on the season and gives the team some momentum following a three-game losing streak.

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team reversed their recent bad fortunes with two victories this past week. The team first pulled out a 1–0 nail-biter over Allegheny College on Wednesday before asserting themselves in a 2–0 win over John Carroll University on Saturday. The victories improved the Tartans’ record to 3–4 on the season and give the team some momentum following a three-game losing streak.

The victory over Allegheny was not just the end of Carnegie Mellon’s losing streak; the 1–0 victory in regulation also broke a streak of four straight overtime matches between the two teams. The game’s only goal came when sophomore Nicole Bayley broke through the Gators’ defense in the 59th minute, taking a pass from junior Alice Mayfield and depositing it into the lower left corner of the goal. The goal was Bayley’s first of the season. Allegheny’s only threat came in the 38th minute of a scoreless first half, when Gator Abby Silvester’s shot was saved by Tartans junior keeper Anya Rosen. The Tartans’ defense shined, making sure that Silvester’s kick was Allegheny’s only shot on goal all game. Rosen was huge for the Tartans, playing a steadfast, scoreless game to allow for Bayley’s goal to stand up for the victory.

On Saturday, Rosen earned another shutout win as the Tartans’ defense shined once more, this time allowing John Carroll no shots on goal. In the first period, junior Emily Overstreet and sophomore Elsa Wu each took shots that were blocked by the Blue Streaks’ defense while senior Casey Garth’s shot in the sixth minute was saved by John Carroll keeper Molly Gradowski.

The Tartans finally broke the ice at the start of the second half. In the 48th minute, Bayley and first-year Lissie Arndt assisted junior Alice Mayfield’s first goal of the season in a scramble in the box to put Carnegie Mellon up 1–0. First-year Katie Davis later added her second goal of the season, heading in Overstreet’s corner kick, to seal the 2–0 victory.

“This is definitely a momentum builder,” said Bayley after Saturday’s victory. “It shows a lot of character to bounce back from a three-game losing streak and we’re excited to start conference play [on Oct. 3]. Two wins are great, but we have to focus on our next game now and we can’t rest on what we’ve done in the past.”

The Tartans will next hit the field against Grove City on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.