Oct. 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH--Stephanie Skilton scored three goals in leading Syracuse to a 4-0 win over the Pitt women's soccer team Sunday before 323 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The loss drops Pitt to 4-8-1 overall and 0-7-0 in the ACC, while Syracuse improves to 5-7-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the ACC.
The two schools were playing their first-ever match as Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. Pitt wore pink uniforms for the contest in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. In a pre-game ceremony, both teams let pink balloons fly into the air.
Syracuse took a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute when Megan Hunsberger headed in a corner kick from Jackie Firenze. Hunsberger ran onto the ball at the near post, met it squarely and headed it home to the near side of the goal. The score proved to be the game-winner for the visiting Orange.
"We knew they were going to serve the ball to the near post on the corners," Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. "We talked about it, we addressed it yesterday, and yet we give up a goal on that very play."
Pitt had a golden opportunity in the 26th minute when Syracuse goalkeeper Brittney Anghel was caught outside the penalty box. With the SU goal open, Arvas looped a shot at the open net. The ball bounced straight off the crossbar and back into play where a Syracuse defender cleared it.
Syracuse made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute when Stephanie Skilton scored on a give-and go play down the middle of the field. Erin Simon and Jackie Firenze assisted on the play.
Syracuse added an insurance goal in the 76th minute when Skilton received a through ball from Rachel Blum and tapped it past Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino. Skilton scored her third goal in the 83rd minute when she received an errant goal kick, dribbled in and fired a shot past D'Agostino.
Syracuse outshot Pitt 17-6 and finished with four corner kicks to the Panthers' three. D'Agostino had seven saves, while Anghel finished with three. Arvas ended the game with two shots for Pitt, while Alyssa Meier, Siobhan McDonough, Ella Vanhanen and Morgan Sharick each registered a shot.
Pitt is back in action next week when the Panthers travel to the state of Florida to play Miami (Thursday, Oct. 10) and Florida State (Sunday, Oct. 13). The Panthers have just one more home game remaining when they host Virginia Tech on Senior Day, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20.