GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gettysburg freshman Grace Slevin and sophomore Paige Merz each scored in the first half to help propel the fourth-seeded Bullets to a 2-1 victory against fifth-seeded McDaniel in the opening round of the Centennial Conference Women's Soccer Championship on a cold Wednesday at Clark Field.
Gettysburg will now take on host and top-seeded Dickinson in Saturday's first semifinal game at 12 p.m. in Carlisle. The Bullets advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2016. Second-seeded Johns Hopkins will take on third-seeded Haverford in Saturday's second semifinal, set for a 3 p.m. start.
The Bullets attacked early as senior Isabel Klatt and classmate Charlotte Cenatiempo both took back-to-back attempts on goal, but Carstensen denied both. Gettysburg accumulated its first goal of the night 36 minutes in as Muskus dished a pass from about five yards outside the box to Slevin on the right side as she drilled the ball into the upper right side of the net. Less than a minute later, Perz was at the right place at the right time as a McDaniel defender tapped the ball into the air and found its way to her feet, she one-touched it as it bounced off the left post into the back of the net to extend the Orange and Blue lead. Maddie Schwartz looked to cut the deficit in half with under five to go as she took a shot on goal, but Cunningham stopped the shot. The two teams combined for a total of eight shots in the period.
In the second half, Gettysburg looked to push its lead as Muskus booted a shot on goal five minutes in, but Carstensen made a great leaping save for McDaniel. The Green Terror put a tally on the scoreboard with 54:11 on the clock as Schwartz made the penalty kick to cut the lead down to one. The Bullets stingy defense kept the Green Terror at bay, as they did not allow a shot in the final 23 minutes to secure the victory.