Generals tie No. 11 Carnegie Mellon, 1-1, in Tartan Cup finale

Grace Coombs
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior midfielder Danielle Spickard (Valencia, Calif./William S. Hart) scored the lone goal for the Washington and Lee women's soccer team in a 1-1 draw against No. 11 Carnegie Mellon on the second day of the Carnegie Mellon Tartan Cup on Saturday afternoon.
 
With the game holding scoreless through the first 18 minutes of the match, junior forward Ryan Casey split a pair of General (0-1-1) defenders and tried curling a shot from left to right to the left post. First-year goalkeeper Grace Coombs (Boca Raton, Fla./Saint Andrews School) made a full extension dive to her right and, with one hand, punched the ball away to keep the Tartans (1-0-1) off the scoreboard.
 
Coombs recorded six saves in the first half as the game remained scoreless through the first 45 minutes.
 
After another 15 minutes of scoreless action in the second half, the Generals moved the ball into the offensive half and inside the 18-yard box. After a battle with a scrum of Carnegie Mellon players, the ball found senior midfielder Megan Engeland's (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) foot who then found Spickard for the first score of the game and fifth goal of Spickard's career.
 
Coombs continued her strong play throughout the second half, making five more saves in the period to keep the Tartans scoreless. It wasn't until the 83rd minute when Carnegie Mellon was awarded a penalty kick following a handball in the goal box that the game was tied back up. Junior midfielder Sydney Webber stepped up and deposited her shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
 
Both teams exchanged offensive chances in both overtime periods but neither side was able to find the back of the net. The final possession of the game resulted in a Tartan corner kick that was crossed into the center of the box with time ticking down. As both teams fought for possession, the buzzer sounded just seconds before first-year midfielder Maddy Lui scored what would have been the game-winning goal.
 
Spickard and Engeland led the W&L offense with three shots apiece with Spickard putting two of her three attempts on goal. Sophomore forward Sydney von Rosenberg (Boerne, Texas/Boerne-Samuel V. Champion), first-year defender Chloe Rapier (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), sophomore forward Megan Duncanson (Hillsborough, Calif./Crystal Springs Uplands) and first-year forward Emily Leding (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) each tallied one shot in the game as three of the four attempts were on target.
 
Coombs (0-1-1) played all 110 minutes in net and stopped 12-of-13 Carnegie Mellon shots.
 
Casey paced the Tartan offense with five shots, three on goal, and senior forward Kaily Bruch concluded the match with four shots and two on target. In total, seven Tartans tallied multiple shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Carolyn Botz (1-0-1) made four saves on five attempts in 110 minutes in goal.
 
For the game, Carnegie Mellon outshot W&L, 23-10, and took 10 corner kicks to three for the Generals.
 
The Generals will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 8, when they play host to Franklin & Marshall in their 2018 home opener at 12:00 pm at Watt Field.
 
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