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Women’s soccer undefeated after win over Fighting Scots

First-year forward Louisa Pendergast (No. 6) had two assists in the Tartans’ victory over the College of Wooster. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff) First-year forward Louisa Pendergast (No. 6) had two assists in the Tartans’ victory over the College of Wooster. (credit: Alan Vangpat/Layout Staff)

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team staved off the College of Wooster Fighting Scots last Saturday with a 3–1 victory, remaining undefeated this season and bringing its overall record to 6–0–2.

The game was a defensive struggle with only seven total shots on goal registered between the two teams. After initially starting off aggressive and keeping the ball in the Fighting Scots’ half of the field, the Tartans fell victim to a quick free kick goal in the 13th minute against junior keeper Anna Albi.

Riled up, senior forward Brianna Magill quickly responded by scoring her second goal of the season 19 seconds later. First-year forward Louisa Pendergast set up the shot with her first of two assists for the day.

After missed opportunities on corner kicks for both sides, the score remained 1–1 going into halftime.

After battling back a period-opening surge by Wooster, the Tartans finally took the lead with a goal by sophomore midfielder Lucy Havens in the 59th minute. Pendergast recorded her second assist of the game as Havens made her second goal of the season.

Both teams then struggled to control the ball and get any offense going until sophomore forward Courtney Brant put the game out of reach with her second goal of the season in the 82nd minute.

At one point, the game had a 50-minute delay due to lightning in the area, but the Tartans came back just as strong to secure their sixth victory of the young season.
“It was a great team win for us. We came together and fought hard after being down 1–0 early on. It was a game that was good preparation as we head into conference play,” said senior midfielder Stephanie Hare.

Carnegie Mellon will play an away game against Grove City College on Wednesday before beginning University Athletic Association conference play against Washington University in St. Louis Bears on Sunday at home.

Last season, Carnegie Mellon came up short against Washington University in St. Louis. The Bears beat the Tartans 3–0, as they were ranked No. 12 in NCAA D-III women’s soccer.

The Tartans look poised to redeem last season’s loss after remaining undefeated in eight games thus far and the Bears falling out of the top 25.
Sunday’s game begins at 11 a.m.