The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team remained unbeaten this week after defeating Grove City College and tying the College of Wooster. The Tartans now sit on a 3–0–1 record after facing non-conference opponents.
Last Tuesday, Carnegie Mellon hosted Grove City College at Gesling Stadium and soundly defeated them by a final score of 3-0. The visitors were outmatched early on, as the Tartans scored in the 9th, 19th and 29th minutes to take an early lead. Solid team defending limited Grove City to just one shot and prevented the Wolverines from mounting any comeback, while a persistent attack peppered the visitors with 27 shots.
Sophomore midfielder Lisa Pascoli had a goal and an assist, scoring the first goal of the game off a free kick. She later had the assist on a goal by junior midfielder Nadya Yaghoubi. Both Pascoli and Yaghoubi have two goals this year. First-year forward Kasey Stever scored her first goal as a Tartan towards the end of the first half to put the home squad up 3–0.
“We played really well in the first half,” said Yaghoubi. “We worked together as a team and attacked pretty well. Our defense was great; they hardly had a chance to attack us.”
Last Saturday, the Tartans traveled to Wooster, Ohio, to face the College of Wooster, and came away with one point in a hard-fought match. Wooster scored in the 55th minute, but Carnegie Mellon tied it up three minutes later on a cornerkick.
Sophomore forward Jillian Erickson [CHECK YEAR, I THINK SHE'S A JR.-asg] provided the perfect cross, allowing sophomore midfielder Ashley McMakin to find the back of the net.
Neither team was able to take the lead through the two allotted overtime periods, and the game ended in a 1–1 tie.
“We are both regionally ranked so we knew it was going to be a good matchup,” said Tartans head coach Heather Kendra. “We played extremely well in the second half and both overtimes.”
Senior goalkeeper and captain Megan Monroe has allowed only a single goal in four outings. Coming off of a season where she was recognized as an honorable mention to the University Athletic Association all-conference team, her stellar play continues to frustrate opponents.
“We have a very consistent defense that doesn’t give up many shots. When we do, Megan is a fabulous goalkeeper who steps up and makes the saves,” said Kendra.
The Tartans are coming off of last season’s ECAC Regional Tournament championship, and are using it as motivation for loftier goals. The team is mostly intact from last season, returning several starters as well as key substitutes that are now fixtures in the starting lineup. Carnegie Mellon’s attack is more balanced than it has been in years, which has translated to shots and goals from several different players.
“We are getting an immediate impact from our freshmen and team chemistry is getting better every day,” said Kendra. “We have done well in the region, and now we are looking to break into the national picture. Winning the ECAC was a great stepping stone that will hopefully take us further this season.”
“We are determined to win our conference this year, and are ready for the next big thing,” added Yaghoubi.
The Tartans will seek to keep their unbeaten streak alive this week as they travel to 24th-ranked Allegheny College on Thursday.