Sept. 14, 2013
PITT WOMEN’S SOCCER MATCH PREVIEW
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (5-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) at PITT (4-2-1, 0-1-0 ACC)
Sunday, September 15, 2013 • 1 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers Television/ESPN3 (Pete Blais and Bob Orkwis; Producer: Marsha Opacic).
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com; ESPN3.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 2nd year at Pitt; North Carolina State: Tim Santoro (1st season).
Series: Pitt and North Carolina State meet for the second time in series history. N.C. State holds a 1-0-0 advantage in the series. The Wolfpack defeated the Panthers 4-0 on Sept. 3, 2010. It is N.C. State’s second trip to Pittsburgh as it competed in the 2011 Pitt Soccer Classic.
PITTSBURGH—Pitt (4-2-1, 0-1-1 ACC) hosts North Carolina State (5-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) for its second Atlantic Coast Conference match on Sunday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN3 and locally on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Channel 188 or 210 locally in the Pittsburgh area).
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. According to the NSCAA preseason coaches’ poll, Pitt will play eight games against nationally ranked teams this year.
Pitt played its first-ever ACC regular season game on Thursday evening, falling 3-0 to Boston College at Ambrose Urbanic Field. North Carolina State dropped a 3-1 decision at No. 8 Notre Dame on Thursday.
PITT GAME NOTES
•Roosa Arvas leads Pitt in points (six) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (two) with Alex Charlebois. Three other Panthers have totaled goals including Morgan Sharick, Jessica Marini and Emily Pietrangelo.
•Goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino has notched four shutouts in seven matches. The redshirt junior owns a 0.89 goals against average and has made 25 saves in 609:52 minutes of action. She ranks second among ACC goalkeepers in several statistics including saves, saves per game and shutouts. She also ranks seventh in save percentage.
•Already, Pitt has scored three goals off corner kicks in the early going this season. Morgan Sharick headed in a Katie Lippert corner to defeat Toledo 1-0 and Alex Charlebois has totaled two off assists from Roosa Arvas, who has taken 30 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.
•Defensive efficiency has been the key to Pitt’s early-season success as the Panthers have registered four shutouts and allowed just six goals in seven matches on the year.\
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA STATE
North Carolina State enters the match with a 5-2-0 record and fresh off a 3-1 ACC opening day home loss to No. 8 Notre Dame. N.C. State has defeated Navy (3-2), Longwood (3-2), Georgia Southern (4-0), East Tennessee State (3-0) and UNC-Wilmington (2-1) with losses to ranked teams Notre Dame and No. 13 Georgetown (0-2).
The Wolfpack are led by Jackie Stengel, who leads the team in both goals (5) and points (11). Brittany Stanko has three goals and two assists for eight points, Shelli Spamer has contributed two goals and three assists for seven points, while Caroline Gentry and Jessica Baity each have totaled six points apiece. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes owns a 1.20 goals against average and has made 28 saves in five matches played.
PITT PLAYS FIRST-EVER ACC GAME, DROPS 3-0 LOSS TO BOSTON COLLEGE
In its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference regular season match, the Pitt women’s soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Boston College on Thursday night. BC took a 1-0 lead in the second minute when McKenzie Meehan headed in a set piece cross from Casey Morrison. Morrison played a high arching ball from 30 yards out to Meehan who was waiting on the far side of the goal. She redirected the ball on a header straight into the net. BC went up 2-0 in the 21st minute when Stephanie McCaffrey fired a shot from the middle of the field that found the lower left corner of the net.
The Eagles added an insurance goal in the 59th minute when Hayley Dowd fired a shot from the middle of the field into the lower left portion of the net.