Women's Soccer Hosts No. 1 Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m.




Sept. 20, 2013

No. 1 VIRGINIA (8-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) at PITT (4-4-1, 0-3-0 ACC)

Sunday, September 22, 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.

Radio: None.

Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 2nd year at Pitt; Virginia: Steve Swanson (14th season).

Series: Pitt and Virginia meet for the first time in women’s soccer history today. Pitt is playing the nation’s No. 1 ranked team for the fourth time in school history. Pitt is 0-3-0 all-time vs. the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Pitt hosts the No. 1 ranked team for the first time in school history.


 

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH—Pitt (4-4-1, 0-3-0 ACC) hosts No. 1 ranked Virginia (8-0-0, 2-0-0 ACC) for its fourth 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 third ACC regular season game on Thursday evening, falling 2-0 to Clemson on the road. Virginia defeated Boston College 2-1 on Thursday.

SCOUTING VIRGINIA

Virginia, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, enters the match with an undefeated record (8-0-0) and fresh off a 2-1 ACC road win Thursday against Boston College. With the win, head coach Steve Swanson became the 16th NCAA Division I women’s soccer coach to reach 300 career wins.

Virginia has defeated Illinois (3-0), VCU (4-2), Santa Clara (4-0), Penn State (5-1), Richmond (3-0), Rutgers (6-0), Seton Hall (3-0), Syracuse (3-0) and Boston College (2-1).

The Cavaliers return six of their seven top scorers from 2012, including 2012 freshman All-American Makenzy Doniak and preseason All-American Morgan Brian. Doniak (six goals, five assists) and Brian (five goals, seven assists) lead the team with 17 points apiece, while Brittany Ratcliffe has 13 points (six goals). Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns owns a 0.36 goals against average in six matches played.

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 nine matches. The redshirt junior owns a 1.03 goals against average and has made 40 saves in 790 minutes of action. She ranks among ACC goalkeepers in several statistics including saves, saves per game, shutouts and save percentage.

•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.

PITT-CLEMSON RECAP

Clemson scored two first half goals in handing the Pitt women’s soccer team a 2-0 decision Thursday evening at Historic Riggs Field. 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.

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.

DEMANDING SCHEDULE

Over the next two weeks, Pitt will play three top-10 nationally ranked teams, including today’s match against No. 1 ranked Virginia. On Thursday, Sept. 26, Pitt hosts defending national champion and current No. 5 ranked North Carolina (7-2-0, 1-2-0 ACC). Kickoff for that match is 7 p.m. Pitt then travels to No. 7 ranked Notre Dame (7-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC) for a Sunday, Sept. 29, match in South Bend.