PITTSBURGH--With the score tied at 1-1, the Pitt women's soccer team responded with two goals in the game's final six minutes to register a 3-1 win over Robert Morris Wednesday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. With the win, Pitt improves to 2-1-0 on the season, while Robert Morris falls to 1-2-0.
Junior Roosa Arvas scored a career-high tying Pitt two goals on the evening, including the game's first score and the game-winning goal with four minutes to play. Arvas, who finished the game with six shots, notched her first goal in the 53rd minute when she deflected a crossing pass from freshman Taylor Pryce into the near side of the net. Freshman Hanna Hannesdottir also assisted on the play. Her game-winning score came in the 86th minute when she headed in a cross from senior Alex Charlebois, which gave Pitt a 2-1 lead. Three minutes later, Hannesdottir put Pitt up 3-1 when she scored on a shot from 20 yards out. The play was setup by freshmen Carly Seneca and Ashley Moreira.
Overall, Pitt outshot Robert Morris 23-6 and finished with 14 corner kicks to the Colonials' one. The 14 corner kicks ranks as the second highest game total in school history, two shy of the school record of 16 set vs. Robert Morris on Sept. 17, 2000.
"We didn't capitalize on the many opportunities that we had in the game," Pitt coach Greg Miller said. "Fourteen corner kicks and nothing to show for it. If you don't finish on opportunities, you allow the other team to come back into the game. We scored a goal, then we got a little lazy and allowed them too much opportunity and we allowed them to capitalize. Give Robert Morris credit, they never gave up. They played well and they battled back. I'm certainly glad we were able to get that second goal and then the third goal to put the game away. I'm just pleased that we were able to get the win."
"Roosa Arvas had a good game," Miller said. "Jo Fischer came off the bench and kind of settled us down in the first half. It was great to get Carly Seneca back on the field after her absence. It was exciting for her and for the team. Taylor Pryce and Emma Pozzulo both gave us good minutes. I saw some flashes of good things despite some of the offensive struggles we had. I'm glad we got out with a win and without any major injuries."
All of the scoring in the match came in the second half. Pitt and Robert Morris ended the first half tied 0-0. The Panthers dominated play and maintained possession over the majority of the first half, outshooting RMU 10-2 and finishing with nine corner kicks to RMU's zero. Freshman Malea Fabean had Pitt's best chance in the first half when her header unluckily bounced off the post following a free kick by senior Riliegh McHugh. The first half also saw the return of redshirt freshman Carly Seneca, who made her first appearance since suffering an ACL injury in last year's season opener at Duquesne.
Arvas gave Pitt a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute on her first goal of the evening. Robert Morris evened the score at 1-1 when Erin Ritzer controlled a pass from Antonia Grese and fired a shot into the lower left corner.
Pitt goalkeeper Taylor Francis finished the evening with two saves, while RMU goalkeeper Becky Schoenecker tallied three saves.
Pitt returns to action on Friday when it travels to Toledo. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. The Panthers then return home to Ambrose Urbanic Field to host a strong Washington squad on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. For more information and additional Pitt women's soccer coverage, follow @pittwsoccer on twitter and https://www.facebook.com/PittWomensSoccer on facebook.