Sep 5, 2013
TOLEDO (1-3-0, 0-0-0 MAC) at PITT (3-1-1, 0-0-0 ACC)
Friday, September 6, 2013 • 6 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 2nd year at Pitt; Toledo: Brad Evans, 13th year at Toledo.
Series: Pitt and Toledo meet for the third time in series history. Toledo holds a 2-0-0 advantage in the series. The two other meetings between the two schools occurred on Sept. 4, 2005 (2-1 Toledo win at Founders Field) and Sept. 21, 2008 (2-1 Toledo win at UT).
PITTSBURGH—Pitt (3-1-1) hosts Toledo (1-3-0) on Friday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. 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.
Tonight’s game against Toledo marks the Panthers’ final contest before opening up ACC play against Boston College next Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. That match will be televised nationally on ESPN3 and locally on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Channel 188 or 210 locally in the Pittsburgh area).
Toledo enters Friday’s match with a 1-3-0 record. The Rockets last played Kentucky at home on Sept. 1, a 2-1 loss. Prior to that match, Toledo played three away matches including two at the Gopher Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn.: at Minnesota (2-1 loss), vs. Belmont (3-2 loss) and at Youngstown State (1-0 win).
Rachel MacLeod leads the Rockets in both goals (two) and points (four). Goalkeeper Sam Tiongson owns a 1.35 goals against average and has made eight saves in three games.
•Roosa Arvas leads Pitt in points (six) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (two) with Alex Charlebois. Two other Panthers have totaled goals including Jessica Marini and Emily Pietrangelo.
•Goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino has notched three shutouts in five matches. The redshirt junior owns a 0.60 goals against average and has made 23 saves in 447:53 minutes of action.
•Already, Pitt has scored two goals off corner kicks in the early going this season. Both have been scored by Alex Charlebois off assists from Roosa Arvas, who has taken 27 corners on the year.
•Pitt’s roster is comprised of 11 freshmen. Several are already playing key roles on the squad. Siobhan McDonough, Ella Vanhanen, Jaci Brown, Kaila Jenkins and Carly Seneca have made starts, while several others–Emily Pietrangelo, Jessica Marini, JoJo Chryst, Arielle Fernandez and Taylor Francis have seen action. Seneca and Marci Carter have both been sidelined with injuries.
•Pitt coach Greg Miller is in his second season at Pitt. He was named the school’s third head women’s soccer 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 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 TIES ROBERT MORRIS 1-1 IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
The Pitt women’s soccer team tied Robert Morris 1-1 in double overtime Wednesday evening at RMU’s North Athletic Complex. With the tie, Pitt moves to 3-1-1 on the season, while Robert Morris is now 3-0-1.
The visiting Panthers outplayed the host Colonials, outshot them 27-10 and finished with 10 corner kicks to RMU’s two, but couldn’t find the extra goal it needed to gain its fourth win on the year.
Pitt got off to a strong start, immediately firing six shots on the Robert Morris goal in the game’s first 10 minutes. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when junior Alex Charlebois headed in a corner kick from Roosa Arvas. Arvas sent the ball directly to Charlebois’ head, who redirected it straight into the net. The goal was Charlebois’ second of the year and second off a corner kick, while Arvas notched her second assist of the year and team-leading sixth point (two goals/two assists).
The Panthers continued to pressure the Colonials, but Robert Morris evened the score in the 31st minute on a breakaway goal by Madison Kozlowski. Kozlowski controlled a through ball from Johanna Kadam and tapped a shot past Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino.
Pitt and Robert Morris met for the ninth time in women’s soccer. Pitt now leads the all-time series 6-2-1 with wins in two of the last three matches and four of the last five games.