CMU soccer splits matches

Junior Forward Ben Alderoty positions himself to gain possession of the ball. (credit: Staff Photographer) Junior Forward Ben Alderoty positions himself to gain possession of the ball. (credit: Staff Photographer)

The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted Washington University in St. Louis on Saturday, as they each continued University Athletic Association (UAA) play.

The men started out strong, fighting to rebound following their scoreless tie last week. After a quick initial shot on goal, the Tartans kept Washington away from the net while peppering the goal with five shots of their own in the first half, but nothing saw the back of the net.

The lack of scoring did not equate to a lack of excitement; three yellow cards were awarded in the first half alone, two of them to Tartans, before two more cards were split between the two teams in the second half.

Coming out of half time at a 0–0 stand still, both teams played aggressively, racking up a combined 19 fouls in the half (10 for Carnegie Mellon).

Unfortunately, even with the added aggression, neither team was able to find the net, causing the Tartans to go into overtime for the second straight game.

In the 95th minute, it looked like the scoring drought might finally end when Washington was granted a penalty kick, but senior goalkeeper Jacob Rice had other ideas as he made the key save that ultimately set up the Tartan win.

In the second and final overtime period, it looked like the game was going for another tie until the 108th minute when junior midfielder Connor Webb earned a penalty kick, and a chance to end the game.

Unlike Washington, Webb was able to take advantage of his opportunity and knocked the ball into the back of the net, pushing the Tartans to 1–0–1 in UAA play and 7–3–1 overall.

In the second game of the afternoon, the fourth-ranked women’s team took on Washington’s second-ranked team in the battle of UAA heavyweights.

The first half ended in the same 0–0 tie as the men’s match, but instead of great goalkeeping and missed opportunities, this time it was a story of defense, as neither team allowed a single shot. The ball barely even got into either team’s defensive zone without quickly being cleared. The Tartans received only two corner kicks, and did not give up any.

In the second half, each team started playing a bit looser and pushed harder as they tried to break the tie.

Washington finally got the first shot of the game in the 51st minute, followed quickly by the first Carnegie Mellon shot in the 58th minute when sophomore forward Megan Bartoshuk’s hard shot was turned away by the Washington goalkeeper.

The first and only goal of the game finally came in the 62nd minute when Washington scored off of a rebound given up after sophomore goalkeeper Katie Liston first saved a free kick.

The Tartans tried furiously to come back to avoid their first loss of the season, but it was to no avail as the stifling Washington defense returned.

Both teams travel to Brandeis University on Friday to continue UAA play.