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Aug. 22, 2012

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PITTSBURGH--Sophomore Alex Charlebois headed in her first collegiate goal in the 70th minute to give the Pitt women's soccer team a 2-1 victory Friday evening over Robert Morris at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt improves to 2-1-0 on the year, while Robert Morris drops to 0-2-0. The match marked the home debut for first-year head coach Greg Miller's 2012 Panthers.

While Pitt registered its second victory in three games, Miller and the Panthers were far from content with the performance.

"We didn't play our style tonight," Miller said. "We had more time out there with the ball and that caused us to be more individualistic and not team oriented. We played their style and got away from playing our style--Pitt soccer. It was not exactly our ideal first home game. It was one of those nights that you have to fight through, but we found a way."

Charlebois' game-winning goal came at the 69:28 mark with the game tied at 1-1. Following freshman Roosa Arvas' corner kick and a forward flick by sophomore Kari Cunard, Charlebois redirected the ball over RMU goalkeeper Chelsea De Jager's head and into the net.

Pitt controlled play and the score for the game's first 63 minutes, but quickly found itself in a 1-1 tie when Robert Morris scored a goal off a throw in at the 62:52 mark. Katie Austin launched a high throw-in from the corner that crossed the goal line after Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino attempted to catch the toss.

Pitt's defense limited Robert Morris to only six shots in the match. Pitt finished the contest with 17 shots, including nine on goal and six corner kicks.

Pitt took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when senior Ashley Cuba crossed the ball from the corner. The ball was redirected by a Robert Morris defender and found the goal. With the goal, Cuba set Pitt's career points record, surpassing the previous mark held by Cande Ruiz-Bradbury (47 from 1998-2001). Cuba now has 48 career points. The score marked Cuba's 22nd career goal, also a school record. Ironically Ruiz-Bradbury was in attendance, handling color commentary duties for the Pitt Panthers Television broadcast.

"It's an honor to break the record, but I'd rather have the win instead," Cuba said. "It definitely wasn't our best performance, but we got the win tonight. I'm proud of how far we've come as a team."

"Ashley's a goal scorer," Miller said. "She continues to position herself to get shots and assists. We're working with her to be much more effective and achieve even more success."

Pitt and Robert Morris met in women's soccer for the first time since the 2003 season. Pitt improves to 6-2-0 all-time vs. Robert Morris.

Pitt is back in action on Friday, Aug. 24 at St. Bonaventure (5 p.m.). The Panthers' next home game at Ambrose Urbanic Field is against Duquesne on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.

Pitt 2, Robert Morris 1

August 22, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pa., Ambrose Urbanic Field

Goals by period




Robert Morris (0-2-0)




Pitt (2-1-0)





Pitt: Ashley Cuba (1) unassisted, 33:00 (crossed ball from corner, redirected into net by RMU defender)

RMU: Katie Austin (1) unassisted, 62:52 (thrown in from sideline, touched by Pitt GK, crossed goal line)

Pitt: Alex Charlebois (1) from Kari Cunard and Roosa Arvas, 69:28 (headed into goal off, flicked forward off corner kick)

Shots: Pitt 17, Robert Morris 6.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 9, Robert Morris 1.

Saves: Pitt 0, Robert Morris 7.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 6, Robert Morris 1.

Fouls: Pitt 7, Robert Morris 2.


Women's Soccer Registers 2-1 Win Over Robert Morris

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