Panthers suffer first defeat of 2015 on a sudden death goal
Pitt squares off against Northern Colorado, Colorado College
The Panthers will take on Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris this weekend at Duquesne
Pitt hosts the Falcons for its second and final exhibition of 2015.
Hannesdottir nets lone goal for Panthers
QUOTING MILLER: “Taylor had a solid off-season and continues to grow her game. She has matured and taken on a new role as a leader. As one of our most experienced players on the roster, her impact on and off the field will heavily influence the direction of our team this year.”
CAREER ENTERING '15: Started 24 consecutive matches at goalkeeper…Owns a 1.92 career goals against average and made 158 career saves…Tallied three shutouts…Recorded single game career-highs in saves (16) and minutes (104:22) in 2014…Owns school record for saves in a game (16)…Goals against average dropped by 1.77 goals from 2013 to 2014…Ranks sixth in school history in goals against average (1.92)…2014 campaign ranks second in Pitt history in single season save percentage (.822)…Registered a .771 save percentage over freshman and sophomore campaigns, which ranks fifth in Pitt history.
2015: Named one of three team captains for the year.
2014: Started and played in all 18 matches…Saw 1,611 minutes of action on the season…Led the ACC in total saves (120) and saves per game (6.67)…Ranked third in the ACC in save percentage (.822)…Recorded a career-high and school record tying 16 saves vs. Florida State (Oct. 18), which was the most saves in a single game by an ACC goalkeeper all season…120 total saves ranks fourth in Pitt history for a single season…Fifth-best mark for saves per match in a single season in school history (6.67)…Faced a career-high 32 shots vs. Notre Dame (Oct. 9)…Played a career-high 104 minutes vs. Duquesne (Aug.24)…Registered shutouts in wins over Akron (Aug. 22), at Toledo (Aug. 29), at Syracuse (Sept. 28) and at NC State (Oct. 4)…Tallied 11 or more saves four times…Made 13 saves vs. Duke (Sept.19), 11 saves at North Carolina (Oct. 12) and 11 saves vs. Clemson (Oct. 26).
2013: Saw action in nine matches and six starts as a freshman goalkeeper...Among ACC goalkeeping leaders, ranked No. 14 in saves (38) and No. 4 in saves per game (4.22). Started each of the last six games during the year...Became the starting goalkeeper after previous starter Nicole D'Agostino was sidelined for the season with an injury...Finished with a career-high nine saves in facing 26 shots at Maryland (Oct. 31)...Made seven saves at Duke (Oct. 27) and at Wake Forest (Oct. 24)...Made four saves and limited Miami to one goal in her first career start (Oct. 10)...Saw first career game action, played 22 minutes vs. Bucknell (Aug. 30).
HIGH SCHOOL: A June 2013 graduate of Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C....Ranked by TopDrawerSoccer as the 107th best recruit nationally, the No. 14 player in the South Atlantic Region and No. 10 goalkeeper in the nation in the Class of 2013...Ranked by ESPN-HS as the No. 135 player nationally...Two-time All-Tri-Nine Conference honorable mention selection...Two-time Academic All-Tri-Nine Conference selection...Two-time finalist for the Gatorade State Player of the Year Award...Among her individual club accomplishments are: led the Region 3 Premier League in save percentage in 2010 and was named the Most Valuable Player at the Super Y Nationals...Competed in the North Carolina Olympic Development Program (2007-12) and was a member of the Region III Olympic Development Team from 2008-10...Played for the CASL Chelsea Ladies for head coach Damon Nahas from 2011-13...Guided Chelsea to back-to-back National Championships and back-to-back Southeast Conference titles in the Under-17 and Under-16 age groups (2011 and 2012)...Played for the CASL Spartan Elite Black from 2007-11...Led team to the 2011 USYSA Region 3 Semifinals, North Carolina State Cup, the 2010 R3 Premier League championship, ECNL National Semifinals and the ECNL Southeast Conference title, USYSA Region 3 semifinals and 2009 USYSA National Championship finalist, and Region 3 title...Also guided team to the 2008 Super Y National Championship...Four-time North Carolina Cup State Champion...Competed at various US Soccer Training Centers in Winston-Salem, Greenville, S.C.; Greensboro, Richmond, Va.; Frisco, Texas; Montevallo, Ala.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
PERSONAL: Born Taylor Marie Francis on March 29, 1995...Daughter of Joe and Kellie Francis...Honor Roll student...Hobbies and interests include whitewater rafting, backpacking (has been to Europe) and dance...Plans to major in biology...Undeclared major and enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.
Minutes: 110:00, Saint Francis (Pa.), 8/21/15.
Saves: 16, Florida State, 10/18/14.
Shots Faced: 32, Notre Dame, 10/9/14.
Goals Against: 0, four times, last vs. Robert Morris, 8/23/15.
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