Sep 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Fueled by a Morgan Sharick goal in the 42nd minute and a stellar defensive effort, the Pitt women’s soccer team completed its non-conference schedule Friday evening with a 1-0 win over Toledo at Ambrose Urbanic Field. With the Youth Night victory, Pitt improves to 4-1-1 overall, while Toledo drops to 1-4-0.
Senior defender Morgan Sharick headed in the game-winning score on a corner kick from senior Katie Lippert at the 41:55 mark. Lippert placed the ball perfectly to the far post and Sharick met it cleanly and drove it home for her fifth career goal. Sharick, who set a school record with four corner kick goals last season, notched her first score of the year.
Sharick’s goal was scored just three minutes before halftime and Pitt head coach Greg Miller said he was pleased with the Panthers’ first half effort.
“We really challenged our team to come out and have a good first half,” Miller said. “We set some goals for them to accomplish. We had a great first half, we could have had another goal or two, but we stuck to the game plan. That set the tone for us moving into the second half. I was pleased with the overall effort tonight and getting through this stretch of games with a 4-1-1 record, that’s pretty good. I’m happy with where the team is at right now.”
In registering its fourth shutout in six games, Pitt allowed just three shots on the evening and zero shots on goal. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino did not record a save but she made several key plays in the game, including a catch on a corner kick and a charging play to stop a dangerous Toledo breakaway.
“We tried to tighten things up a little bit and talk to them about what Toledo’s tendencies were going to be,” Miller said. “I thought we started to give away a little too much possession at the end of the first half. We had to tighten things down to deny them getting possession or more chances on goal. We didn’t even record a foul tonight, which is unheard of, let alone giving up a shot on goal. I’m really pleased with our effort defensively.”
Several Pitt records were broken or tied in the game. Pitt’s zero fouls were a school record. Previously, the Panthers finished with just one foul on two different occasions: at Penn State (Sept. 1, 1998) and at Baylor (Aug. 30, 1996). Pitt’s zero saves registered in the game tied a school record for least saves: vs. Robert Morris on Nov. 6, 1996 and vs. Robert Morris on Aug. 22, 2012. Toledo’s zero shots on goal tied a Pitt opponent record set by Robert Morris on Nov. 6, 1996. Toledo’s three shots also ranked tied for the second fewest shots ever taken against a Pitt women’s soccer team. The school record for least shots taken by an opponent was two vs. Sacred Heart on Oct. 13, 2000. Also, Toledo’s zero shots on goal tied a Pitt opponent record.
Pitt outshot Toledo 21-3 and took three corner kicks to the Rockets’ two. The Panthers had multiple opportunities to score in the game, but only needed the one goal to register the win.
Pitt plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference match when it hosts Boston College on Thursday, Sept. 12. Kickoff for the match is at 7 p.m. ET at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The match will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television locally on Comcast Cable Channel 188 or 210 or nationally on ESPN3.com.