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Aug. 12, 2012

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--Senior Ashley Cuba's goal in the 60th minute gave the Pitt women's soccer team a 1-1 exhibition game tie against No. 20 ranked West Virginia Sunday evening at WVU's Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

The exhibition match also signified Pitt's first competition for first-year head coach Greg Miller. Pitt opens its 17th all-time season next weekend with a two-game road swing to Michigan. The Panthers play at Eastern Michigan on Friday, August 17 (5 p.m.) and then at Michigan on Sunday, August 19 (2 p.m.). Pitt's first home match at Ambrose-Urbanic Field is against Robert Morris on Wednesday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

"It's a credit to the team for battling back," Miller said. "We got down a goal early on, but then did a tremendous job of getting back into the game. We really played well and dominated the second half. It was really great to see us come together and play with that type of intensity."

With Pitt trailing 1-0, Cuba received a pass from teammate Alex Charlebois and slotted the ball past the WVU goalkeeper Sara Keane to tie the game at 1-1. A 2011 All-Big East Third Team selection, Cuba enters her senior season as Pitt's career goal scorer (21) and ranks in second place in all-time points (46). She needs just one more point to break the record of 47 held by Cande Ruiz (1998-2001).

West Virginia took an early 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when Kate Schwindel received a through ball from Amanda Hill and sent a shot past Pitt goalkeeper Kristina Rioux.

The Panthers battled back and nearly tied the game in the 35th minute on a shot by Madison Gritsch that hit off the crossbar. Freshman Roosa Arvas' corner kick was played to the backside of the net where Gritsch found the ball and sent it to the goal's far corner.

West Virginia outshot the Panthers 12-7 and was limited to just two shots on goal. Pitt finished the match with three shots on goal and five corner kicks. The Panthers' Katie Lippert also missed on a penalty kick opportunity in the game's 14th minute.

Rioux and sophomore Nicole D'Agostino (one save) manned the goal for the Panthers.

"It was a total team effort," Miller said. "Alex (Chalebois) made some dangerous runs and her impact on the game was felt. Her assist on Ashley Cuba's goal was special. Roosa (Arvas) also played well. Dana Dellefemine was great in the second half. Everyone that played tonight contributed to our success. We had a lot of good minutes from everyone and we also got a chance to see five-to-six players off the bench."

West Virginia will enter the year ranked among the nation's top-25 teams and picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference.

Pitt and West Virginia will not face each other this year. The Panthers will play both Miami and Penn State in West Virginia's 90 Minute Classic August 31-September 2 in Morgantown.

No. 20 West Virginia 1, Pitt 1 (Exhibition Game)

August 12, 2012, Morgantown, W.Va., Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium

Goals by period








West Virginia





WVU: Kate Schwindel from Amanda Hill, 18:06

Pitt: Ashley Cuba from Alex Charlebois, 59:10

Shots: WVU 12, Pitt 7

Saves: WVU 2, Pitt 1

Corner Kicks: Pitt 5, WVU 5

Fouls: Pitt 20, WVU 9


Women's Soccer Ties No. 20 West Virginia 1-1 in Exhibition Match

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