TOLEDO, Ohio--Freshman Taylor Pryce headed in a goal in the 29th minute to give the Pitt women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Toledo Friday evening at Scott Park. With its second straight win, Pitt improves to 3-1-0 overall, while Toledo drops to 1-1-1.
Pryce's goal, her second of the season, came at the game's 29:45 mark when she headed in a ball played perfectly from freshman Shaina Ashouri. That was all Pitt needed as its defense clamped down and registered its second shutout of the year. Pitt was outshot 17-8 and sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Francis made eight saves.
"We were outplayed and outworked," Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. "We were tired. We scored a nice goal early-on on a pass from Shaina to Taylor. From there it was suspect. We were not the better team tonight but at the end of the day, for a young team to get a win on the road, it was great. We showed a little bit of character. You feel bad for Toledo because they deserved to win. We certainly were on the other end of that result against Duquesne and sometimes that's the way soccer is. It's a road win and we'll take it."
"Toledo's style was to play long, trap and battle. It was very trying to play possession soccer tonight, we were really having a hard time. We told the team at halftime to try and adapt and battle our way through it."
"Taylor Francis, Riliegh McHugh, Jackie Poucel, Arielle Fernandez and Courtney Coate, those five were the heroes tonight," Miller said. "They had to deal with so much volume, long balls, blocked shots, winning balls out of the air. Taylor had to step up and make a couple of nice saves. It was really our backline players that won the game for us."
Pitt is back in action on Sunday when it hosts Washington at 1 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.