Women’s soccer beats Case Western 1–0
This past weekend proved to be a big one for the Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team. The Tartans had a rough start to their fall season and came up short in their first UAA soccer matchups against the University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Brandeis University, and New York University. The women’s team turned that trend around this past Saturday, achieving the team’s first UAA conference win of the season by a score of 1–0 against the Case Western Reserve University Spartans at home. This win not only gave the Tartans authority in UAA standings, but also brought their overall record to 7–7.
The game was very tight from beginning to end. Carnegie Mellon was able to fight its way to a win thanks to two standout performances by senior goalie Anya Rosen and first-year Alex Venegas. Rosen, who had 13 saves, held four off in the first period and, when the Spartans came fired up in the second half, proved to be a brick wall as she had nine more saves, three of which occurred in the last five tense minutes of the game. The game gave Rosen her fourth shutout this season. Venegas played a solid first half with one shot on goal. Then, 40 minutes into the first half and 23 minutes after her first shot on goal, an assist from sophomore Stephanie Hare gave the ball to Venegas, who tapped it passed the charging goalkeeper and scored. It was Venegas’s second shot on goal for the day and her sixth goal so far this season.
Overall, the Carnegie Mellon team played an excellent game. The players were able to step up as a team in the second half and really fight, fielding both a strong defense to counter the Spartans’ noticeable raise in determination and more offensive play as their desperation for a goal to tie up the game became clearer.
The Tartans look to continue their winning streak and improve their season record in their next few UAA matches. They have a week to gear up before their final UAA conference matchup against the Emory University Eagles this Sunday at home.