First Half Goals Push Carnegie Mellon Past W&J
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson women’s soccer team battled hard against No. 17 Carnegie Mellon Wednesday night, but two first-half goals pushed CMU past W&J 2-1.
Much of the first half was a defensive scuffle back and forth as the Tartans (2-1-1) did not start accumulating a majority of their shots until 28 minutes into the game. At 37:13, CMU’s Cecilia Zischkau poked a shot past W&J starting goalkeeper Morgan Kinyon (Stockton, Calif./William Jessup), who came out of the crease trying to grab the loose ball.
As soon as Zischkau’s shot rolled over the goal line, lightning was seen in the surrounding area, delaying the game for 30 minutes. Following the delay, 7:47 remained in the first half and the Tartans added to their lead 100 seconds after play resumed. Louisa Pendergast rifled a shot through Kinyon’s hands to secure a 2-0 advantage for CMU heading into halftime.
W&J (0-4) hung with Carnegie Mellon throughout the second half, evening the shots at 4-4 for the period. The Presidents got on the board in the 69th minute when senior Holly Shipley (Scottdale, Pa./Southmoreland) rolled a shot past CMU keeper Anna Albi from 10 yards out. Shipley’s goal, which was assisted by classmate Ariel Shasko (Irwin, Pa./Norwin), is her first of the season and 42nd of her career.
With under five minutes remaining, senior Nikki Hladik (Renfrew, Pa./Butler) fired a left-footed shot from outside the box that was tipped just out of danger by Albi, all but securing the win for the Tartans.
Carnegie Mellon outshot the Presidents 14-5 for the game, and led in corner kick opportunities 9-2. Kinyon played all 90 minutes in goal and stopped four shots.
Washington & Jefferson returns to the pitch this Friday night at 7:00 pm for a home match against Pitt-Greensburg.