New goal for women’s soccer

Senior forward Brianna Magill (No. 10) scored twice against Cabrini. (credit: José Lopez/) Senior forward Brianna Magill (No. 10) scored twice against Cabrini. (credit: José Lopez/)

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team made history on Saturday when it won its first NCAA tournament game at home. The Tartans scored a huge victory against Cabrini College in a 5–0 shutout and will advance to the second round.

Senior Brianna Magill had a standout game, scoring twice to contribute to the win. The first came in the seventh minute, when she made a shot toward the center of the goal box, which gave the Tartans a 1–0 lead. In the 17th minute, Magill scored again, marking her seventh goal of this season.

Sophomore forward Sav-ina Reid, junior forward Cecilia Zischkau, and junior forward Alex Venegas each had goals that propelled the Tartans to victory.

Reid’s goal was marked by a stellar header in the 15th minute, assisted by junior defender Rachel Contopoulos. This was Reid’s ninth goal of the season.

After a 3–0 start during the game’s first half, the Tartans extended their strong performance into the second half. They made nine shots at the goal during the first seven minutes, including a close one by senior defender Mitra Ebrahimi.

Venegas gave Carnegie Mellon a 4–0 lead with a shot in the 59th minute, and Zischkau added a goal during the final minute. These were the players’ fourth and third goals of the season, respectively.

“This game confirmed that we deserve to be in the NCAA tournament. We played with heart and determination,” Magill said.

Junior goalkeepers Anna Albi and Julie Rekant combined performances to lead the team to its ninth shutout out of 18 games in the 2012 season.
For the team, the game “truly showcased all the hard work we put into this season. Not only did we work hard offensively, scoring five goals, but likewise had a great defensive mentality, not allowing any shots on goal,” Ebrahimi said. “This game gives us tremendous momentum heading into the rest of the tournament in continue to make Tartan history.”

“It was a great day to be a Tartan,” said sophomore goalkeeper Julia Harmison.