Adams Scores Twice as Tartans Breakthrough Packed Marietta Defense for 3-0 Win
(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's soccer team, ranked 20th in the nation, hosted Marietta College Sunday afternoon for a non-conference match. After a scoreless first half, the Tartans got two goals from junior Alex Adams (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) and a goal from sophomore Breana Valentovish (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Seneca Valley) for a 3-0 win and advance to 7-1 for the year.
The Tartans had 11 corner kicks in the first half with seven of their 13 shots for the half on goal with Katie Delaney stopping them all in net for the Pioneers.
In the second half, the Tartans hit the post on a few hard driven shots and finally broke through in the 58th minute when Adams was able to put a left-footed shot in the right corner through traffic from inside the six-yard box after freshman Alex Masse (Ellicott City, Md. / Mount Hebron) worked hard to tip the ball across the box to her.
"We just kept possession entirely and knocked it around them as much as we could until eventually we had opportunities and we took advantage of them," said Adams.
A minute later, junior Rachel Legg (Kansas City, Mo. / Pembroke Hill) had a shot ricochet off the left post and Adams beat the defense and the keeper to the rebound to deposit a right-footed shot to the lower left corner with ease and her seventh goal of the season.
"I was just trying to be in the right place at the right time and finish the chances we get," added Adams when asked about her mentality to get the goals scored today.
In the 85th minute, senior Maddie Cech (Cincinnati, Ohio / Indian Hill) put a simple throw-in to the foot of Valentovish. The midfielder then took a few touches into open space and let loose a shot from 30-yards out that rose to the upper left corner for her second goal of the season.
Graduate student Carolyn Botz (St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS) picked up her seventh win of the season after playing 64 minutes and only needing to touch the ball a few times with her feet. Junior Oliva Brand (Elmira, N.Y. / Corning-Painted Post) and graduate student Kelly Lemke (Topeka, Kan. / Washburn Rural) also saw minutes and net and also didn't face a shot.
The Tartans will hit the road for their next contest and face second-ranked Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m.