The Carnegie Mellon women?s soccer team got their ninth and 10th wins this week, but dropped a key conference match up that will make it tough for the team to advance to the NCAA tournament. Their three game road-trip consisted of wins against Penn State Behrend and New York University, and a loss to Brandeis University. The Tartans are now 3?2?1 against University Athletic Association (UAA) teams. The team?s overall record stands at 10?2?3. They are currently ranked 27th nationally for Division III schools.
The Tartans traveled to Erie, Pa., on October 21 to face the regionally ranked Behrend Lions team. The Lions came into the game with thirteen yellow cards and three red cards on the season, so sportsmanship from the home squad was not necessarily to be expected. Carnegie Mellon head coach Heather Kendra labeled it ?a sloppy game,? which was also a reference to the muddy field and slippery playing conditions.
The first Tartan goal came as sophomore midfielder Ashley McMakin slid a pass between two Behrend defenders to junior forward Hallie Dumont, who put Carnegie Mellon up 1?0. Later in the game, Behrend?s goalkeeper could not control a shot from sophomore midfielder Lisa Pascoli, and Dumont made her pay for the mistake by logging her second goal of the afternoon as she poked the ball into the back of the net. The third goal came off of a direct kick from 25 yards out, as first-year fullback Amanda Rose hit the ball just inside the far post.
?Our offense did a good job following up shots on their keeper?s rebounds,? said senior goalkeeper Megan Monroe. The Lions did not register many shots, but when they did, Monroe made the key saves.
?It was an important win because they were 10?3, and ranked in the Great Lakes region,? said Kendra. ?It was a good regional victory for us.?
Dumont and Rose were both named ?Top Performers? by the UAA this week for their solid play against the Lions. Rose?s goal was her first career goal as a Tartan.
On Friday, the Tartans traveled to Riverbank State Park in upper Manhattan to face New York University, and defeated them by a final score of 1?0. Junior midfielder Nadya Yaghoubi scored the game-winner at the start of the second half, as her shot deflected off the goalkeeper?s hands and found the back of the net. Carnegie Mellon outshot the Violets 13?6, as Monroe logged her tenth shutout of the year.
Yesterday, the Tartans traveled to Boston to face Brandeis, and suffered a tough 2?0 loss in a hard fought conference match up. Both of the Judges? goals came in the first half, and despite a 22?10 shot advantage for the Tartans, the visitors were not able to tally any goals. The loss drops Carnegie Mellon to fourth in the UAA standings, with one game left to play.
The Tartans will finish up their regular season next week at home, as they host Emory University at Gesling Stadium. Emory is currently ranked second in the UAA with a 5?1?0 conference record. The home game is scheduled for an 11 am start.