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Aug. 26, 2012

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PITTSBURGH--Freshman Roosa Arvas scored the game-winning goal in the 58th minute and played a role in all three Pitt goals as the Panthers registered a 3-1 Sunday victory over city rival Duquesne at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

With the win, Pitt won its third consecutive game and improves to 4-1-0, its best start to a season in three years. It also marks the program's longest win streak since Pitt opened the 2009 season with four straight wins. The last time Pitt began a season with a 4-1-0 record or better was in 2006 when it started with a 4-0-1 record.

The game also marked Pitt's third match in five days. Because of the daunting schedule, Pitt's bench played a key role in each of its three victories. This afternoon, eight players saw a combined 236 minutes of action for Pitt, including four who each played 40 or more minutes apiece.

"Our bench continues to contribute significant minutes for us," first-year Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. "That's what we'll hang our hat on all year: team effort. This week's schedule was hard for us. We knew coming in that we'd need everybody. We were prepared for it and I'm proud of how we fought through it. We will need everyone next weekend when we face the tougher part of our non-conference schedule and continue to prepare for Big East play."

For the third straight game, Pitt found itself battling back from either a deficit or tie. Pitt took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute when Morgan Sharick headed home a corner kick from Arvas. It was Sharick's team-leading third goal of the year and her third score off a corner kick. But one minute later, Duquesne came right back to tie the game at 1-1 when Morgan Herbert scored on a header off a crossing pass from Bridget Lynch.

"We have to stop having these mental lapses after we've positioned ourselves with a lead," Miller said. "We've got to do a better job of playing with a lead. On the positive side, we're not giving up, we continue to push through and play tough. I'm proud of our team for battling back and for taking leads after we find ourselves with some adversity."

Arvas gave Pitt a 2-1 lead at the 57:53 mark when she controlled a pass from Dana DelleFemine and finished from 20 yards out, sending a shot past Duquesne goalkeeper Devon Tabata. The ball hit the upper left portion of the net for her first goal of the season.

Pitt added an insurance goal in the 87th minute when Alex Charlebois finished on another assist from Arvas. The goal was a direct result of another Pitt corner kick. On the year, Pitt has scored five of its nine goals off corner kicks. Today, the Panthers took a season-high 11 corner kicks, resulting in two goals. Pitt also outshot Duquesne 18-8 and fired eight shots on goal to the Dukes' three.

Through five games this season, Arvas has either scored or assisted on seven of Pitt's nine goals. For the year, she has one goal and six assists and currently leads the Panthers in points with eight. A defender, Sharick leads the team in goals scored (3) and ranks second in points.

"I'm really proud of Roosa's contributions through five games," Miller said. "Only five games into a completely different style of play for her and already she's found a way to put her stamp on the game with her soccer sense and ability to place the ball where we need it on set pieces."

Pitt is next in action with weekend when it plays Miami, Fla. (Friday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.) and Penn State (Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m.) in the West Virginia 90 Minute Classic in Morgantown, W.Va. The Panthers will not play another home game until the Big East opener on Thursday, Sept. 13 against Marquette.

Pitt 3, Duquesne 1 (Women's Soccer)

August 26, 2012, Ambrose Urbanic Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Goals by period




Duquesne (0-3-0)




Pitt (4-1-0)





Pitt: Morgan Sharick (3) from Roosa Arvas, 25:59 (Arvas corner kick, Sharick header into the strong side of the net)

DU: Morgan Herbert (1) from Bridget Lynch, 27:02 (Lynch cross from left side, Herbert header into far corner)

Pitt: Roosa Arvas (1) from Dana DelleFemine, 57:53 (Arvas shot from 20 yards out into upper left corner)

Pitt: Alex Charlebois (2) from Roosa Arvas, 86:33 (Pass from Arvas, finish by Charlebois in upper left corner)

Shots: Pitt 18, Duquesne 8.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 8, Duquesne 3.

Saves: Pitt 2, Duquesne 5.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 11, Duquesne 1.

Fouls: Pitt 8, Duquesne 5.


Women's Soccer Defeats Duquesne 3-1

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