Senior Brianna Magill (Oak Brook, Ill./Downers Grove North) and the Carnegie Mellon University women's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory against the University of Rochester on Friday night at home in front of 220 fans during Community Night. The 24th-ranked Tartans improved to 8-1-2 and 2-1 in the University Athletic Association with the win while the Yellowjackets fell to 3-9 and 0-3.
Thirty-three minutes into the first half the Tartans earned a corner kick after pressuring the Rochester defense for the majority of the half. Junior Rachel Contopoulos (Oakland, Calif./Berkeley) served the corner kick to the far post where freshman Carson Quiros (Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy) was standing. Quiros put a header to the far post that hit the inside of the post and ricocheted out three yards where Magill was there to settle it and put it in the empty net for the one-goal advantage.
The goal was Magill's third of the year and the teams' seventh shot of the half. Magill had two shots saved by Rochester's Bridget Lang in the first seven minutes of the match.
Contopoulos continued to be a factor in the game from her outside back position as she sent numerous crosses across the box and corner kicks into the penalty area.
Senior Mitra Ebrahimi (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) had a header attempt off a Contopoulos corner go just wide in the 51st minute and the 68th minute while junior Cecilia Zischkau (Washington, D.C./Oakcrest) had a header pass just over the crossbar following a curving service into the box from Contopoulos.
Contopoulos also had two shots of her own saved by Lang including a low driven ball through traffic that was smothered by Lang in the 72nd minute.
Junior Anna Albi (Cincinnati, Ohio/Summit Country Day) made one save in the game on a distant shot by Katie Sappio in the 61st minute to earn the shutout.
The Tartans will be in action again on Sunday, October 14 when they host Case Western Reserve University at 11:00 a.m.