Early goal holds up as Carnegie Mellon advances to third round
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Carnegie Mellon defeated visiting Ohio Northern 1-0 on Sunday in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III tournament
An early first half goal held up for the Tartans who advance to the third round after winning their second NCAA postseason game in school history.
The Tartans (13-1-4) pressured Ohio Northern's (13-5-5) defense early, earning four corner kicks in the first seven minutes, but broke through the defense in the 10th minute after senior Brianna Magill was fouled trying to turn on a defender.
Senior midfielder Stephanie Hare truck the free kick from 30 yards out to the far post. Her service from the left side of the field curved to the back post and between senior Katie Davis and junior Rachel Contopoulos who were looking to deflect it. The ball bounced once and into the side net for Hare's second goal of the season.
Ohio Northern's first shot of the game came in the 31st minute when Lauryn Zielinski's attempt glanced just wide.
Two minutes before halftime, Ohio Northern pushed with a counter attack following a deep throw-in by the Tartans but Carnegie Mellon junior keeper Anna Albi raced off her goalline and slid to deflect the ball away from Morgan Miles at the corner of the 18-yard box.
The Polar Bears used momentum from the end of the first period to pressure the Tartans in the early minutes of the second period but were not able to take advantage of any play in their offensive final third.
The Tartans regained their composure and controlled possession while having a few chances in front of the goal but all attempts at a shot were thwarted by the Polar Bears' keeper and defense.
Albi and the backline of Contopoulos, senior Mitra Ebrahimi, sophomore Lauren Simicich and junior Brittany Couture withstood the late push by Ohio Northern to capture the shutout victory, Albi's seventh of the season.