Overtime Goal Propels No. 5 Tartans to NCAA Women's Soccer Sectional

Overtime Goal Propels No. 5 Tartans to NCAA Women's Soccer Sectional

From Carnegie Mellon University Athletics

The Carnegie Mellon University women's soccer team scored an overtime goal against SUNY Oneonta in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship on Sunday, November 15 at home in Pittsburgh, Pa., to defeat the Red Dragons, 1-0, and advance to next weekend's sectional. The Tartans improve to 17-1-1 on the year while the Red Dragons finished the year at 15-4-2.

Sophomore Sienna Stritter (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo School) scored the game winner for Carnegie Mellon in the 92nd minute. The score is Stritter's second game winner in as many games, as she scored twice in Saturday's 5-0 win against Cabrini College in the first round.

Oneonta started overtime with the ball and earned a free kick deep in the Tartans' defense. The free kick was cleared by the Tartan defense but landed at the foot of Erica Berry who sent a shot forward but was right at junior keeper Katie Liston (Lakewood, Ohio/Montessori HS at University Circle) in goal for the Tartans.

Liston then sent a long punt forward and past midfield where sophomore Haili Adams (Kirkland, Wash./Juanita) flicked it forward. Stritter picked up the ball in stride and with a long touch past a defender cut the ball across the front of the 18-yard box and around Oneonta keeper Rori Stark and finished a shot to the open net.

The Tartans had two shots on goal in the first half and sophomore Morgan Kontor (Annapolis, Md./Severn School) hit the crossbar in the 66th minute. In the 86th minute, a header by senior Carson Quiros (Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy) sailed just high of the goal following a corner kick by sophomore Tori Iatarola.

Liston made two saves for the game to earn her ninth shutout of the season. With the win, the Tartans set a new school record for wins in a season with 17.