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Women’s soccer defeated 1–0

Midfielder Lissie Arndt (No. 7) tackles a Cardinals player to steal the ball. (credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff) Midfielder Lissie Arndt (No. 7) tackles a Cardinals player to steal the ball. (credit: Yihuan Zhou/Photo Staff)

The Carnegie Mellon women’s
soccer hot streak ended
with the arrival of No. 4 Otterbein
University in a 1–0 decision.
With the loss, the Tartans
drop to 5–3–0, while the
Cardinals remain undefeated
and improve to 7–0–1.

The Tartans were on a fi vegame
winning streak — that
started with beating Kenyon in
an overtime thriller — heading
into Saturday’s game. The
Tartans had topped Mount
Union and Oberlin in 8–0 and
6–2 contests prior to taking
on the Cardinals, the No. 4
team in the nation.

The Tartans and Cardinals
started off slow in a rough,
physical contest where both
teams’ defenses stayed strong
and controlled the game for
most of the fi rst half. Neither
team was able to put the ball
in the net to take control.
The Tartans took aim, but
shots came up empty. Both
teams combined for a total of
10 shots, with the Cardinals
shooting seven to the Tartans’
three.

In the second half, the Tartans
were only able to get four
shots off as Otterbein shot
six.

In the 84th minute of play,
the Cardinals finally struck.
Molly Kroger scored her third
goal of the season off Cristen
Herold’s corner kick. Kroger
headed the ball past senior
goalkeeper Anya Rosen to put
the Cardinals up 1–0, in what
would prove to be the game
winner.

The Tartans tried to recover,
but they were stopped
by the Cardinals’ goalkeeper
Tara Carter, who finished the
day with one save. Rosen finished
the game with five saves
on goal.

“I think we showed that we
could play with the best teams
in the country. You know, I
told the girls after the game
that if that team is No. 4, then
we’re No. 5,” head coach Yon
Struble said. “We thought we
out-possessed them, we outworked
them; I think they just
showed that they have some
experience in the clutch —
that we are working at. We’re
young and they’re old.”

Struble also spoke about
the impact this game could
make when conference starts
up. “We’re not that far off
with conference coming up; I
think that it’s a great game to
have. In our conference, every
game we have will be just like
that. So it’s good we had that
game. Like I said, I think we
showed that we can play with
the best teams; that’s good.
This is good to move on from:
not good losing, but good to
move from here to show what
we can do,” she said.

The Tartans’ next game
will be against Grove City
College tomorrow when they
host Grove City College Wolverines
at 7:30 p.m.