Women's Soccer Hosts Bucknell in Friday Home Opener at 5 p.m.




Aug 29, 2013

WOMEN’S SOCCER GAME PREVIEW

BUCKNELL (2-0-0, 0-0-0 Patriot League) at PITT (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ACC)

Friday, August 30, 2013 • 5 p.m. ET

Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex • Pittsburgh, Pa.

Television: None.

Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Watch Live Game Video: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/allaccess/?media=402068

Radio: None.

Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 2nd year at Pitt; Bucknell: Ben Landis, 8th year at Bucknell.


 

 

Series: Pitt and Bucknell meet for the third time in series history as the Bison hold a 2-0-0 record vs. the Panthers. The two programs met on Sept. 3, 2000, a 3-0 Bucknell win, and on Sept. 2, 2001, a 1-0 BU victory in Pittsburgh.

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH—Pitt (1-1-0) hosts its home opener on Friday evening when it faces Bucknell (2-0-0) at 5 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt is in its 18th all-time season of women’s soccer and its second under head coach Greg Miller.

The 2013 season marks the inaugural year in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Pitt women’s soccer program. Pitt will play eight games against nationally ranked teams, according to the NSCAA preseason coaches’ poll.

This week, Pitt plays three matches within a five-day span. It traveled to No. 24 Ohio State for a Wednesday game (2-0 loss), takes on Bucknell this evening, then hosts Central Michigan on Sunday at noon.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL

Bucknell enters its Friday contest with an undefeated 2-0-0 record following wins over Mount St. Mary’s (2-0) and Rider (3-0). The Bison have outscored their opponents 5-0 in the early going. Chelsey Garkowski leads the team with two goals and four points. Goalkeeper Jessie Ashworth has registered two shutouts and has yet to give up a goal in two games.

GAME NOTES

•Pitt’s roster is comprised of 11 freshmen players. Several are already playing key roles on the squad. Siobhan McDonough, Ella Vanhanen, Jaci Brown, Kaila Jenkins and Carly Seneca have made starts, while three others–Emily Pietrangelo, Jessica Marini and JoJo Chryst have seen action.

•Pitt coach Greg Miller is in his second season at Pitt. He was named the school’s third head coach on January 1, 2012. Prior to Pittsburgh, Miller spent 11 seasons as the Associate Head Coach at Ohio State where he helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and seven NCAA Tournament berths.

•With its five non-conference wins last year, Pitt tied a program record for the most non-conference victories in a season. It also registered five wins in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

PITT DEFEATS DUQUESNE 1-0 IN SEASON OPENER

The Pitt women’s soccer team opened its 18th all-time regular season with a 1-0 shutout win at Duquesne on Sunday at Rooney Field. Sophomore Roosa Arvas provided the game-winning goal in the game’s 43rd minute and junior goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino registered her fourth career shutout for Pitt.

Pitt (1-0) took a 1-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half when Arvas received a pass in the middle of the field from senior Dana DelleFemine and launched a shot from 25 yards out that soared over Duquesne goalkeeper Devon Tabata and into the net. The goal marked the first of the 2013 campaign for the Panthers. It was Arvas’ fourth career score and DelleFemine’s third career assist.

Pitt won its eighth consecutive game against Duquesne and improved to 8-2-0 in 10 all-time matchups against the Dukes. In addition, the Panthers have outscored the Dukes 16-2 in those eight games, including a 3-1 victory on August 26, 2012 at Ambrose Urbanic Field last year. Pitt is 3-2 all-time in road games at Duquesne’s Rooney Field.

Pitt’s D’Agostino made several key saves in the game and finished with five for the match. In the fourth minute, D’Agostino saved a high arching potential goal by punching the ball over the net. She also came off her line to save several Duquesne corner kick opportunities.

NO. 24 OHIO STATE DEFEATS PITT 2-0

No. 24 ranked Ohio State handed the Pitt women’s soccer team a 2-0 decision Wednesday evening at OSU’s Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State (3-0-0) outshot Pitt 12-5 and fired five shots on goal to the Panthers’ one. The Buckeyes also tallied 14 corner kicks, a total that ranks tied for the third most corner kicks taken by an opponent against Pitt in its 18-year school history.

Freshman Siobhan McDonough led the Panthers with two shots, while senior Dana DelleFemine, freshman Ella Vanhanen and sophomore Roosa Arvas each finished with one apiece. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino made three saves in the contest.

Ohio State marked Pitt’s first nationally ranked opponent since it hosted No. 11 Georgetown on Sept. 30, 2012. Pitt played just three nationally ranked teams last year but is scheduled to face eight in 2013. Pitt drops to 1-3-0 all-time in matchups vs. Ohio State.