Sept. 19, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C.—Clemson scored two first half goals in handing the Pitt women’s soccer team a 2-0 decision Thursday evening at Historic Riggs Field. With the loss, Pitt is now 4-4-1 overall and 0-3-0 in the ACC, while Clemson improves to 4-2-2 overall and 2-1-0 in the ACC.
Clemson took an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when Paige Reckert scored on a header following a crossing pass from Tabitha Padgett. The Tigers went up 2-0 in the 38th minute when Tori Andreski’s shot from five yards out found the net. Andreski finished on another crossing pass from Padgett. That was all Clemson needed to register the win. Clemson outshot Pitt 23-4 and finished with 12 shots on goal to Pitt’s three.
“We started the game off well, but once they settled in, we didn’t answer back,” Pitt assistant coach Michael Baker said. “We didn’t do a good enough job tonight of clearing the ball, we gave them way too many second and third chances. They’re a dynamic, physical team and they finished on their second and third opportunities.”
“In the second half, it was a different ballgame. We switched to a 5-3-2 and did a better job of controlling the midfield. We cut their shots in half. We came out in the second half and were winning balls in key areas. Defensively, we figured things out and marked better, but it’s tough to come back from a two goal deficit against a quality team like Clemson.”
Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino finished the match with a career-high 10 saves. She made eight saves in the first half alone when Clemson fired 15 shots to Pitt’s three. In nine games this season, D’Agostino has made 40 saves and allowed nine goals for a 1.00 goals against average.
“Nicole made some good quality saves,” Baker said. “She had to put out the fires back there. She took a hit in the first half, but she was strong enough to recover from it. Her mentality was good. She had a great game tonight. We need to be better in front of her.”
“Now, we’ve got to get back, regroup and get ready for a really tough opponent in Virginia on Sunday.”
Pitt’s Dana DelleFemine, Caroline Keefer and Emily Pietrangelo each registered a shot on goal.
Over the next two weeks, Pitt plays three of the nation’s top-10 ranked teams. Pitt’s next home game is on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. against No. 1 ranked Virginia (7-0-0). The match will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television locally in Pittsburgh on Comcast Cable Channel 188 or 210 or nationally on ESPN3.com. Pitt then hosts defending national champion and current No. 5 ranked North Carolina (7-1-0) on Thursday, Sept. 26. Kickoff for that match is at 7 p.m. on Pitt Panthers TV/ESPN3.com. Pitt then travels to No. 7 ranked Notre Dame (6-1-0) for a Sunday, Sept. 29 match in South Bend.