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Women's soccer makes it past first round matchup

This weekend, Carnegie Mellon is playing host to the first and second rounds of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III women’s soccer playoffs. The Tartans, ranked number eight, started off the weekend with a game against the unranked Farmingdale State Rams. A strong showing from Carnegie Mellon helped propel them to a 1–0 win, launching them into the second round of the playoffs.

Carnegie Mellon started the game strong, monopolizing possession and getting off multiple shots on Farmingdale’s goalie. In the 23rd minute junior defender Emily Tolmer had an impressive header shot, but it went just high over the crossbar and missed the goal. Tolmer’s next shot, however, off a corner kick from senior Tori Iatarola in the 25th minute, deflected off the back of a Rams defender and directly to the feet of senior Haili Adams. Adams placed it perfectly over the goalie to give the Tartans a 1–0 lead. This was Adams’ team-leading 11th goal of the season.

The Tartans continued their heavy offensive push throughout the first half, but despite accumulating an impressive number of shots, they were unable to get another goal. Farmingdale State’s frustration became evident near the end of the first half, with two Rams players receiving yellow cards in the 42nd minute.

In the second half, Farmingdale State showed a bit more energy, and pushed more at Carnegie Mellon’s defense, testing first-year goalkeeper Carolyn Botz with four shots on goal, with the first shot of the game for the Rams coming in the 55th minute. In the 57th minute, Tolmer was handed a yellow card as well, but the team stayed focused. Farmingdale State had nine fouls in the second half to Carnegie Mellon’s seven. However, despite strong chances on both sides, neither team was able to score in the final minutes, and Carnegie Mellon advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

The game was full of fouls on both sides, with the Rams whistled 19 times and the Tartans 13. Botz made four saves for her twelfth shutout of the season and first of the postseason. Farmingdale State goalie Daniella Ford made eight saves on nine shots.

Thanks to the win, the Tartans advanced to the next round against the unranked Arcadia College Knights on Sunday, Nov. 12. More details on the results of Sunday’s game can be found at thetartan.org/2017/11/13/sports.