Women's soccer drops 2–1 decision to Emory

Credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff Credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff Credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff Credit: Jonathan Carreon/Photo Staff

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team finished its fall 2010 season this Sunday with a heart-breaker. The Tartans suffered a loss to the Emory University Eagles 2–1 with an overtime penalty kick to finish their season 2–5 in the University Athletic Association and 8–8 overall.

The Tartans started out strong by scoring the first goal before 23 minutes had passed. This was senior Alice Mayfield’s first goal of the season; she was assisted by junior Nicole Bayley. The Eagles fired up and tied the game with a goal of their own by Melanie Levy only six minutes later. At this point, the game tightened and both the Tartans and the Eagles stepped up their defenses.

At halftime the game was still in a deadlock. Both teams took the field even more determined than before. The second half was a constant tradeoff between strong offense and defense. Starting on offense were the Emory Eagles, who took the first shot on goal of the half but missed. The Tartans quickly returned the shot but to no avail, and the rest of the half continued in this manner. At the end of the half, the Eagles had outshot the Tartans seven to five.

The game continued into overtime. This time, the Tartans came out strong when junior Elsa Wu took the first shot on goal within the first 30 seconds; however, the shot was blocked by the Eagles' goalie. Less than a minute later, the Eagles returned the shot and missed wide. A foul was called on the Tartans two minutes into the overtime and resulted in a penalty kick for the Eagles. The Eagles were able to take advantage of the penalty and convert it into the game-winning goal.

On a brighter note, the Tartans showed tremendous improvement from last season and are on an upward trend.