Adams's Goal in 8th Minute Leads Tartans Past Wittenberg
(SPRINGFIELD, Ohio) - The 23rd-ranked Carnegie Mellon University women's soccer team played it's fourth straight road game on Sunday afternoon, defeating Wittenberg University 1-0 thanks to an early first half goal by junior Alex Adams (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny). The win moves the Tartans to 6-1 for the season while the Tigers fall to 3-4-1.
Adams recorded the game's only goal in the eighth minute when she received a pass through two defenders from fellow junior Helena Spencer (Warrenton, Va. / Patriot). Senior outside back Maddy Lui (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Ridge) combined with freshman Gemma Jefferson (Nashville, Tenn. / University School of Nashville) on the left side of the field to pass around the Wittenberg midfield. Jefferson then found Spencer on the sideline in the Tartans offensive third of the field. Spencer dribbled with speed into the center of the field and at the edge of the 18-yard box split the defenders for Adams who was in line with Spencer and only had the keeper to beat with a simple left-footed touch.
The Tartans put four other shots on goal for the first half and sophomore Breana Valentovish (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Seneca Valley) hitting the crossbar with a left-footed shot from just inside the 18-yard box in the 36th minute.
Carnegie Mellon put another two shots on goal in the second period but couldn't break through the Tiger defense for another score despite holding the majority of the possesion for the half.
Graduate student Carolyn Botz (St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS) earned her sixth win of the season and third shutout after making one save a distant free kick sent into the box by the Tigers. All six of the Tartans' wins are shutouts with Botz also sharing in the other three.
The Tartans will return home for their next contest and host Marietta College on Sunday, September 26 at 3:00 p.m.