Oct. 18, 2013
No. 6 VIRGINIA TECH (12-1-2, 7-1-1 ACC) AT PITT (4-10-1, 0-9-0 ACC)
Sunday, October 20, 2013 • 1 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; Virginia Tech: Charles Adair, 3rd year at VT.
Series: Pitt and Virginia Tech meet for the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The two schools play for only the second time in women’s soccer history. Pitt dropped a 2-0 decision to the Hokies in 2002.
PITTSBURGH—Pitt (4-10-1, 0-9-0 ACC) hosts No. 6 Virginia Tech (12-1-2, 7-1-1 ACC) for its final home match of its inaugural ACC season on Sunday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.
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 University of Pittsburgh and the Pitt women’s soccer program.
Following a week off, Pitt gets back into action after playing its ninth ACC regular season contest last Sunday, falling 4-0 to No. 3 ranked Florida State in Tallahasee, Fla. Virginia Tech travels to Pittsburgh after defeating Wake Forest 2-1 in overtime on Thursday.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
No. 6 Virginia Tech enters the match with a record of 12-1-2 and 7-1-1 ACC record. The seven conference wins are a league-best for Virginia Tech. The Hokies travel to Pittsburgh following a 2-1 overtime win over Wake Forest on Thursday. Virginia Tech is coming off its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and returned seven starters from last season’s team.
Jazmine Reeves leads the team in scoring (seven) and points (18). ACC All-Freshman Team and All-ACC Second Team selection Ashley Meier, sister of Pitt’s Alyssa Meier, has also scored seven goals and contributed 16 points (two assists). Murielle Tiernan (six goals/four assists/16 points) and Karen Yensen (three goals/four assists/10 points) are also key contributors. Goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts has a 0.59 goals against average.
*Roosa Arvas leads Pitt in points (seven) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (two), along with Alex Charlebois. Four other Panthers have totaled goals including Morgan Sharick, Jessica Marini, Emily Pietrangelo and Dana DelleFemine.
*Injured goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino has notched three shutouts in 13 matches. The redshirt junior owns a 1.58 goals against average and has made 77 saves in 1142 minutes of action. She ranks among ACC goalkeepers in several statistics including leading the league in saves (77) and saves per game (5.92). She also ranks in shutouts (8th), shutouts per game (11th) and save percentage (7th). D’Agostino has been sidelined for the season.
*Pitt head 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.
*In Virginia Tech, Pitt will play its fifth nationally ranked team this year.
PITT TO HONOR ITS SIX SENIORS PRIOR TO MATCH
Pitt will honor its six seniors before the match begins today. The six seniors include Nicole D’Agostino, Dana DelleFemine, Caroline Keefer, Katie Lippert, Alyssa Meier and Morgan Sharick. Each of the player’s family members will be called to the field.
MEIER SISTERS REUNITE ON FIELD TODAY
The Meier sisters- Pitt’s Alyssa and Virginia Tech’s Ashley will play against each other today. The Strongsville, Ohio natives are both midfielders and key contributors to their teams’ success.
PITT DROPS 4-0 CONTEST TO NO. 3 FLORIDA STATE
The Pitt women’s soccer team played its fourth top-10 ranked opponent on Oct. 13 as No. 3 Florida State handed the visiting Panthers a 4-0 loss. Pitt started off the game holding the Seminoles scoreless for the game’s first 39 minutes until Florida State scored its first goal to take a 1-0 lead at halftime. The Seminoles started the second half strong, adding two more goals to begin the period. FSU scored its final goal in the 88th minute.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Pitt finishes its inaugural ACC season on the road. The Panthers travel to North Carolina for two ACC matchups against Wake Forest (8-4-2, 3-4-2 ACC) on Thursday and Duke (5-6-4, 2-4-3 ACC) next Sunday. Pitt concludes its season at Maryland (8-7-0, 4-5-0 ACC) on Thursday, Oct. 10.