Big First Half by No. 22 Carnegie Mellon Leads to Loss for Women’s Soccer

Photo credit: Sierra Stant
Photo credit: Sierra Stant

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Soccer received its second strong test when nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon University visited Purmort Field at Bernohr Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Tartans scored early and often to take an early advantage and ride that out to a 5-0 victory over the Crusaders.

Carnegie Mellon (3-0), currently ranked No. 22 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA), featured five different goal scorers over the course of the game.

The Tartans struck first following a Capital, which was then inbounded and played down the field. Ryan Casey fielded the pass and turned the corner on the Capital defender, launching a shot toward the cage. Freshman goalkeeper Kelly Bachmann (Zionsville, Ohio/Zionsville) dove and made her first collegiate save by slowing the ball with contact, but the ball continued to roll toward the far-side corner where Katie Strycharz cleaned up the loose ball and tapped it into the goal.

Carnegie Mellon's second goal was a result of a misplay by Bachmann on a backward pass. Casey beat Bachmann to the loose ball and finished it off for the 2-0 lead in the 12th minute.

While the Capital offense continued to struggle mounting an attack, Carnegie Mellon continued to increase its lead. The Tartans' third goal came nearly three minutes later off a well-placed lob pass from midfield by Emily Tolmer, which was played by Hali Adams. After creating some space, Adams let it fly and beat Bachmann to the top near corner.

By the end of the first half, CMU had built itself a 5-0 lead following a converted penalty kick and a top-shelf score with under five minutes remaining.

Sophomore forward Jordan Fike opened up second half with a strong scoring chance for Cap. She drove down the left side of the field and got a slight edge on her defender and launched a strong shot but sailed just wide right of the cage. Unfortunately, it served as one of Capital's best and only scoring chances of the match. The Purple and White finished with just six shots taken and only one landed on frame.

Conversely, Carnegie Mellon finished with 23 shots, 15 of which landed on goal. Bachmann made five saves, as did junior Hannah Klotzsche, who came in at the start of the second half.

Cap (1-2) will have a quick turnaround and play Saturday afternoon against DePauw University (Ind.) on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.