Aug 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio—No. 24 ranked Ohio State handed the Pitt women’s soccer team a 2-0 decision Wednesday evening at OSU’s Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Through its first two regular season matches, Pitt is now 1-1-0 following its 1-0 shutout win at Duquesne on Sunday in its season opener.
This weekend, Pitt opens its home schedule with two matches at Ambrose Urbanic Field: versus Bucknell on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. and Central Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 1 at noon.
“We came out in the first half and got dominated,” Pitt coach Greg Miller said. “It was more about a lack of effort. We played in fear. It had less to do about soccer and more to do with our effort. We were getting totally outworked. I got on them at halftime and we fixed a few things. It was all about effort. The way we played, it was night and day in the second half. They played really well, created some chances. It was a much better way to end the game and a much better way to go into our next game against Bucknell on Friday night.”
“It was a much better way to end the game. The second half provided us a lot to build off. The backfield all played well. That will wear on us as we get through the weekend. We’ve got to make the most of it. Nicole D’Agostino had a great game. Siobhan McDonough came off the bench and was fantastic. She changed the game for us in the first half and was better in second. Emily Pietrangelo gave us great minutes, the bench play in general was very good. Ella (Vanhanen) had a very good second half and was much more effective up front. Alyssa Meier had a good game. The was a handful of people who played a complete game.”
Ohio State improves to 3-0-0 on the year. The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute when Alexis Degler scored on a shot from six yards out. The play was assisted by Megan Fuller and occurred following a corner kick. Ohio State went up 2-0 in the 60th minute when Kayla Varner’s shot from the right wing found the net. Assists were credited to Morgan Wolcott and Nichelle Prince.
Ohio State outshot Pitt 12-5 and fired five shots on goal to the Panthers’ one. The Buckeyes also tallied 14 corner kicks, a total that ranks tied for the third most corner kicks taken by an opponent against Pitt in its 18-year school history.
“We gave up way too many corners, when you give a team like Ohio State eight or nine chances to score a goal off a corner kick in a half, they’re going to get one. We gave up five in the second half, which is completely unacceptable. We’ve got to be better.”
Freshman Siobhan McDonough led the Panthers with two shots, while senior Dana DelleFemine, freshman Ella Vanhanen and sophomore Roosa Arvas each finished with one apiece. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino made three saves in the contest.
Ohio State marked Pitt’s first nationally ranked opponent since it hosted No. 11 Georgetown on Sept. 30, 2012. Pitt played just three nationally ranked teams last year, but is scheduled to face eight in 2013. Pitt drops to 1-3-0 all-time in matchups vs. Ohio State.
This evening’s match served as a homecoming for Pitt head coach Greg Miller, who spent 11 years in Columbus as Ohio State’s Associate Head Coach. The two programs scrimmaged in Pittsburgh earlier this spring.
Pitt’s first Atlantic Coast Conference game will be against Boston College on Thursday, Sept. 12. Pitt’s 2013 women’s soccer schedule also includes nine home games at Ambrose Urbanic Field and 11 matches which will be played in the Pittsburgh area.