Sep 1, 2013
PITTSBURGH—The Pitt women’s soccer team registered its third shutout in four matches as it registered a 1-0 win against Central Michigan Sunday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. With the victory, Pitt improves to 3-1-0 overall, while Central Michigan, a 2012 NCAA Tournament at-large selection drops to 0-2-1.
“The key today was dealing with our fatigue since it was our fourth game in seven days,” Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. “We came out with some energy, following a good win Friday night. We did enough today to get the job done. It wasn’t pretty by any means, but I was happy to get out of the weekend with a 1-0 victory.”
Sophomore Roosa Arvas scored Pitt’s lone goal just 10 seconds before halftime when she controlled a through ball played forward by junior Alyssa Meier and fired a shot into the back of the net. Central Michigan goalkeeper Heather Laeufer charged the pass, but the ball was placed perfectly at Arvas’ feet and she redirected it into the goal. The goal marked Arvas’ second of the season and fifth of her collegiate career. The play surprised the visiting Chippewas, who had played 44 minutes of scoreless soccer and were 10 seconds away from a 0-0 halftime score.
“We found a goal right before halftime that was against the run of play since Central Michigan had some momentum at that time,” Miller said. “The goal was a little bit of a backbreaker for them. We’re certainly happy to take advantage. We were unlucky in the second half, not to get a second goal—we hit the crossbar twice—but that’s how soccer is sometimes.”
Through four games, Pitt has totaled three shutouts and allowed just two goals in 360 minutes of soccer. This afternoon, Pitt limited Central Michigan to just nine shots, including five on goal. Junior goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino finished with five saves and notched her sixth career shutout. D’Agostino made a game-saving play in the 69th minute when she charged out of the penalty box and stopped a CMU scoring opportunity. Pitt’s backline is led by veteran central defenders Morgan Sharick and Jackie Poucel.
“Nicole has been making the saves to keep us in the game, just like she did last year,” Miller said. “Give credit to her and the backline for keeping the ball out of the goal again today.”
Pitt outshot Central Michigan 15-9 and took four corner kicks to the Chippewas’ three. Arvas led Pitt with five shots, including three on goal, senior Katie Lippert finished with four shots and Alex Charlebois pitched in two shots including a shot off a corner kick in the 60th minute and a header in the 66th minute that was saved by Laeufer.
Pitt is back in action at Robert Morris on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. Pitt’s next home game is Friday, Sept. 6 against Toledo. Kickoff for that contest is at 6 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.