Sept. 15, 2013
PITTSBURGH—North Carolina State’s Jackie Stengel scored on a 20-yard shot in the game’s final minute to hand the Pitt women’s soccer team a heartbreaking 1-0 loss Sunday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. With the loss, Pitt drops to 4-3-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina State improves to 6-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the ACC.
Following an offsides call on Pitt with less than a minute left, N.C. State advanced the ball down the field. N.C. State defender Meagan Proper found Stengel on a pass in the middle of the field. Stengel controlled the ball, turned to her left, broke free from two Pitt defenders and fired a shot from 20-yards out at the Pitt goal. Her shot sailed past diving Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino en route to the goal’s upper left corner of the net. The surprising play at the 89:07 mark ended an entire day of scoreless soccer between the two ACC schools.
“We knew this would be a real grudge match for us,” Pitt coach Greg Miller said. “N.C. State is very blue-collar and hard working and good on set pieces. We talked about that in our pregame and game plan. Certainly as the game wore on, our soccer really started to develop. This was one of those games that came down to moments. We didn’t capitalize on those moments and they did. I thought maybe we would get to overtime and create something out of that. The game came down to one moment and they capitalized on it.”
Miller was pleased with many of his player’s individual effort.
“Dana (DelleFemine) getting her first start of the year was good and Roosa (Arvas) played well in the midfield for us,” Miller said. “Jackie (Poucel), once again, was very good in the back. Katie Lippert was a monster, winning balls and keeping possession in the middle of the field. Alex Charlebois’ work rate up front really caused some problems and put great pressure on their backs. Very positive individually with a lot of players having good games but in the end, we’ve got to find a way to get better chances and put the ball in the goal.”
Pitt had several chances to score in the contest. Following a hand ball charged to N.C. State, midfielder Katie Lippert rocketed a set piece shot at the N.C. State goal that was caught by a diving Mackenzie Stelljes. Forward Dana DelleFemine fired a shot on goal in the game’s 24th minute that was saved by Stelljes. On the other end, Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino made five saves in the game while holding N.C. State scoreless over the game’s first 89 minutes.
N.C. State outshot Pitt 14-8, while the Wolfpack sent six shots on goal to Pitt’s two. N.C. State took six corner kicks to Pitt’s three. The Wolfpack were also charged with 17 fouls.
Pitt is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Clemson before hosting the nation’s No. 2 ranked team in Virginia (Sept. 22) and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in North Carolina (Sept. 26).