Women's soccer shuts and blows out Allegheny College

Junior defender Emily Tolmer takes the ball away from the Tartans’ side of the field to set up an offensive shot. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Junior defender Emily Tolmer takes the ball away from the Tartans’ side of the field to set up an offensive shot. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

The women’s soccer team boosted their record to 4–1–1 Wednesday night with a 9–0 win over the Allegheny College Gators. The Tartans started the game strong and held their pace for the full 90 minutes. Carnegie Mellon’s defense also shone in this game, keeping the Gators to zero shots on goal throughout the entire game.

It was a fast start, as senior defender Katie Strycharz scored her second goal of the season less than two minutes into the first half. Only four minutes later, fellow senior forward Haili Adams scored again, putting the Tartans up two goals early. The Gators tried to get a few shots off, but were consistently pushed back by the Tartans, who kept up the strong offensive pressure. Despite a multitude of offsides calls, multiple drives up the right side of the field resulted in lots of shots. In the 23rd minute, senior midfielder Tori Iatarola scored after a scramble in front of the net, bringing the Tartans’ lead up to 3–0. In the 24th minute, senior forward Grant Wilmer missed an empty net on an unlucky bounce, but assisted on junior forward Kaily Bruch’s first goal of the game in the 29th minute, as Bruch tapped one in off a breakaway. The Tartans continued to dominate play, showcasing their speed on multiple breakaway attempts, finishing the first half with a 4–0 lead.

The start of the second half continued the Tartans’ domination of play, but the pace of the game was much slower to start. In the 55th minute, sophomore defender Camille Williams scored her first goal of the season off a set play, assisted by Iatarola on a corner kick. This goal pushed the Tartans’ momentum forward, and sophomore forward Ryan Casey scored after beating the goalie on a 1-on-1 three minutes later. Capping the first fifteen minutes of the second half, Bruch scored her second goal of the game in the 61st minute.

Despite a goal being called back for offsides, the Tartans continued to control the game, and sophomore midfielder Tara Durstewitz scored the eighth goal for the team in the 73rd minute. The Gators pushed back in the last few minutes of the half, and had some of their best chances in the 79th minute, but were unable to put any shots on net. Finally, in the 87th minute, Casey scored her second goal of the game and fifth of the season to propel the Tartans to a 9–0 win. This goal also gave Casey the team scoring lead.

First-year goalkeeper Carolyn Botz started the game, and shared the shutout with senior goalkeeper Sarah Mahler. The Tartans finished the game with 30 shots, 23 on goal, while Allegheny managed only one shot with none on goal. The Tartans were also called for offsides 14 times.

After defeating Washington and Jefferson College 1–0 on Friday and playing their Senior Day game against Westminster on Sunday, the Tartans will open up University Athletic Association (UAA) play when they next compete against UAA rival New York University on Saturday, Sept. 30.