Women’s soccer moves winning streak to 4

Nearly a month into the season, it seems the women’s soccer team is a new force to be reckoned with. The Tartans traveled to Oberlin College last Saturday and came away with a decisive 6–2 win, putting their winning streak at four games and their overall record at 4–2. Sophomores Lissie Arndt and Mitra Ebrahimi led the team this game, collectively scoring five of the six goals. Junior Elsa Wu also had five shots on goal.

“I think the only difference between this game and previous ones was the score,” Arndt said. “We have had multiple scoring opportunities in previous games, and the fact that we capitalized on those in this game doesn’t reflect anything on our ability, or inability, to do the same in previous games. In truth, however, we did spend a large amount of time on attacking the end line with offensive support in practice this week.”

The action started eight minutes into the game, when Wu’s shot on the goal was saved by Oberlin goalie Rachel Bandeira. Within seconds, Wu reclaimed the ball and assisted sophomore Brianna Magill’s first goal of the game to put the Tartans at 1–0. But the Yeomen only let the Tartans savor their lead for 27 seconds before they tied the score at 1–1. Both the Tartans and Yeomen kept a strong defense for the remainder of the period.

Carnegie Mellon turned up the heat in the second half of the game, blowing the Yeomen out of the water by scoring an additional five goals. Arndt tallied her first goal in the 53rd minute, putting the Tartans ahead 2–1. Seven minutes later, Ebrahimi headed in her first goal of the game with a corner kick assist from first-year Alex Venegas. Arndt kept the Tartans’ steamroller running, recording both her second and third goals during the 64th minute and setting the score at 5–1. After five substitutions, the Yeomen managed to respond to the three-goal gap with a point in the 76th minute. The Tartans took notice, and Ebrahimi scored her second goal of the game to make the final score 6–2. Strong defense kept Oberlin from closing the gap, and Carnegie Mellon walked off the field with a landslide victory.

“I am extremely hopeful for our season,” Arndt said. “Our team is talented, fit, and, most importantly, close. I believe that this family of mine can win [the UAA] conference and go far in the NCAAs.”
The Tartans will go head-to-head against the University of Mount Union at home tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.