Panthers Capture First Win of 2016 off Two Goals from Wright
Late Push Not Enough as Panthers Drop to 0-2-1
Panthers Shutout in Home Opener
Career Goals from Wright, Higgs Send Pitt to 2OT Tie
Panthers Kickoff Regular Season Friday
QUOTING MILLER: “Taylor has been as consistent a performer as anyone we’ve had during our time at Pitt. She shows up every day and does her job and has been integral in our team’s success. We expect she’ll continue to impact our program as she has done.”
CAREER: Started 42 consecutive matches at goalkeeper…Owns a 1.75 career goals against average and made 232 career saves…Tallied 10 shutouts…Owns school record for saves in a game (16)…Finished 2015 season tied for second most shutouts (7) in ACC, second most in school history for a single season...Goals against average dropped by 1.77 goals from 2013 to 2014…Tied for third in school history in goals against average…2014 campaign ranks second in Pitt history in single season save percentage (.822)…Registered a .756 save percentage over first three campaigns, which ranks sixth in Pitt history.
2015: Named ECAC DI Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30...Tallied six saves against No. 1 Virginia...Recorded five saves during the matchup against No. 7 Virginia Tech...Against Duke, she record 10 saves, which matched her season high...Captured the tenth shutout of her career against Syracuse (Oct. 11)...Previously notched shutouts against Louisville, NC State, Robert Morris, Colorado College, Villanova, and Akron this season...Recorded 10 saves against Colorado College...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, vs. Saint Francis (Pa.), 8/21/15.
Saves: 16, vs. Florida State, 10/18/14.
Shots Faced: 32, vs. Notre Dame, 10/9/14.
Goals Against: 0, ten times, last vs. Syracuse, 10/11/15.
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