Women’s soccer team wins two at home

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team hosted the Penn State Behrend Lions last Monday and the Denison University Big Red Saturday. With two goals each, senior forward Kasey Stever and senior midfielder Amanda Rose contributed to the 4–0 win over the Lions, and junior defender Sarah DeWath scored her first goal of the season to defeat Big Red 1–0. The Tartans advanced to a 4–3 record for the season.

From the beginning whistle, Carnegie Mellon scrambled around Behrend’s defense. Stever opened up the goal scoring in the 17th minute, when she received a throw-in from senior Jessica Howard, which she stuck from the right side of the 6-yard box past Lions goalkeeper Kayla Frost and grazed the near post, tallying the game’s first goal.

First-year midfielder Valerie Corvino was tackled down in the 18-yard box in front of the goal, giving the Tartans a penalty kick and another scoring opportunity. Rose set up the kick and cranked a shot into the top left corner of the goal, with Frost unable to get a hand on it. Carnegie Mellon closed out the half up by two.
Teamwork between Rose and junior forward Abby Coffin made the third goal of the match possible in the 55th minute. Rose ran onto a ball from Coffin and rifled a shot from 20 yards out to the top right corner of the net, leaving Frost with no choice but to let the ball through.

Corvino passed a ball to sophomore midfielder Ele Valencia, who crossed the ball into the middle of the 18-yard box for Stever to head into the far side of the back netting. This tallied her fifth goal of the season.

Carnegie Mellon out-shot Behrend 18–3. Frost made three saves and Tartan first-year goalkeeper Anya Rosen made one.

Carnegie Mellon came in to Saturday’s game energized and ready to take on seventh-ranked Denison. Just before the conclusion of the first half, Rose struck a corner into the 6-yard box, which DeWath finished into the near post in the 44th minute, tallying her second career goal and first of the 2007 season.

Big Red forward Sarah Ash hit a shot from just outside the 18-yard box, which Rosen tipped out over the crossbar in the 67th minute. Four minutes later, Rosen dove to her left to punch a shot by Big Red first-year midfielder Eliza Miller out of bounds.

Rosen believes the team finally played up to their potential in the match against Denison. “We controlled the center of the field, had good clears, and didn’t kick the ball over the top,” she said. “It has been intimidating being a freshman, but the girls are amazing and I love playing with them.”

Rosen preserved the team’s shutout and made three integral saves. Denison senior goalkeeper Liz Gillette made four saves.

“It was a natural instinctive play,” Rosen said about her saves. “Afterwards, I was so excited about what just happened that it brought my level of intensity up. They can’t get past me now. They tried and couldn’t do it, so we had to win.”

The women’s soccer team will host Washington & Jefferson College tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.