Aug 30, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Two freshmen totaled their first collegiate goal and the Pitt women’s soccer team registered its second shutout of the season as it defeated Bucknell 3-0 Friday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. With the win in its home opener, Pitt improves to 2-1-0, while Bucknell drops to 2-1-0. Pitt plays its third game in five days and second home game when it hosts 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Central Michigan at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Sunday at noon.
With an announced attendance of 1,388, Pitt set its all-time women’s soccer single game attendance record. The contest was part of a doubleheader as the Pitt men’s team took on Oakland afterward.
“We had a great start to the game, had some chances early and came with energy,” Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. “For some reason we took our foot off the gas and allowed Bucknell to get into the game a bit. Nicole had a big-time save that could’ve put us down 1-0. We addressed some things at halftime and came out with more energy in the second half, fixed some soccer problems. We were able to get a couple of nice goals, put the game away and put some people in the game. That will give some of our players rest for Central Michigan on Sunday.”
Freshman Emily Pietrangelo gave Pitt a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute when she ran onto the ball and knocked it into an empty net. The play was setup by senior Katie Lippert who won a loose ball deep in the corner and sent a pass past BU goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth into open space where Pietrangelo collected the ball for her first career goal.
Pitt went up 2-0 in the 59th minute when junior Alex Charlebois controlled a corner kick and rocketed a shot straight into the back of the net. Charlebois trapped a corner kick from sophomore Roosa Arvas. The goal was Charlebois’ sixth of her career at Pitt.
“We continue to get great service from Roosa, it was kept alive by Katie Lippert and once again we were in the right place at the right time,” Miller said. “Alex got her chance and she was able to finish the rebound. I was pleased with the effort.”
The Panthers added an insurance goal and took a 3-0 lead when freshman Jessica Marini finished on a crossing pass from freshman Siobhan McDonough.
With five saves on the evening, Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino notched her second shutout in three matches. The junior has now totaled five career shutouts.
“Nicole made a big-time save early-on that kept us in the game,” Miller said. “Once again, she did what she had to do. We were able to give her a break. Taylor Francis came in and did a great job, made a couple of saves. Anytime we talk about a shutout, it’s not just our goalkeeper or backline, it’s a team effort.”
Pitt had numerous opportunities to score. It outshot Bucknell 20-11 and fired 12 shots on the Bison goal. Bucknell goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth finished with nine saves. The Panthers also took eight corner kicks in the game.