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Aug. 31, 2012

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--Miami, Fla.'s Blake Stockton scored on a shot from 25 yards out in the final minute of overtime to hand the Pitt women's soccer team a 1-0 loss in game one of the WVU 90 Minute Classic Friday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The loss drops Pitt to 4-2-0 on the year while Miami, Fla., which entered the year ranked among the nation's top-25, improves to 3-2-0.

Pitt's second match at the WVU 90 Minute Classic is set for Sunday, Sept. 2 against No. 3 ranked Penn State. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is at 2:30 p.m.

For 100 minutes, the Panthers battled. Pitt head coach Greg Miller said he was proud of his players' effort but was disappointed that the Panthers could not capitalize on their many opportunities.

"We had plenty of chances," Miller said. "In the second half it was a track meet, back and forth. We didn't manage the game well enough at the end and they scored on a rebound off a corner kick. I'm really proud of our kids and how they came out and made adjustments at halftime. We were way more dangerous in the second half and we clearly had the better chances to score. We were just unlucky not to get two or three goals. The game could've gone either way. The most fair outcome would have been a tie."

"It was a wide open game. We had the better chances and we did way more good than bad. There were lots of good moments for us and a lot to be proud of. A game like this will pay dividends when we get into conference play."

Miami's goal came in the 100th minute of the match. Following a corner kick, the ball bounced out of the penalty box where Stockton, a defender, redirected the ball through traffic. The ball landed inside the left post for the decisive goal.

But it was Pitt that had the better scoring opportunities in the match. Pitt's Alex Charlebois had a one-on-one chance with Miami goalkeeper Emily Lilliard in the 25th minute, but Lilliard came off her line to make a diving save. Pitt's Riliegh McHugh took a shot from the penalty kick area in the 52nd minute that bounced high off the crossbar. And once again, Morgan Sharick redirected a header off a corner kick in the game's 95th minute that was saved by Lilliard.

Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino matched a career and season-high with nine saves in the match. Miller was pleased with D'Agostino's effort.

"Nicole made some saves early-on that kept us in the game," Miller said. "She had two nice plays in the first 10 minutes including a save on the near post. On the goal, she never saw it. She was screened and her sight was blocked by all the traffic in front of her. It was an unlucky play."

"Once again, our bench was good. Lauren Yobbi gave us some great minutes. Ashley Cuba, who didn't start, also did some very good things out there."

Miami outshot Pitt 22-7, but many of those came on long-range shots.

Pitt and Miami played to a 0-0 halftime tie. The Hurricanes outshot the Panthers 12-3 in the first half. Pitt had several first half scoring opportunities including shots by Roosa Arvas, Alyssa Meier and Charlebois, but all three were saved by Miami's Lilliard. D'Agostino made five first half saves for the Panthers.

Pitt will face No. 3 ranked Penn State on Sunday.

"Penn State is a final four team," Miller said. "We've got our work cut out for us. It's a different opponent and a different matchup. We'll come out, give everything we have and give it our best shot."

Miami, Fla. 1, Pitt 0 (OT) (Women's Soccer)

August 31, 2012, WVU 90 Minute Classic, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Morgantown, W.Va.






Miami, Fla. (3-2-0)





Pitt (4-2-0)






Miami, Fla.: Blake Stockton (unassisted), 99:23 (shot sent from 25-yards out following a corner kick and landed inside the left post).

Shots: Pitt 7, Miami, Fla. 22.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 4, Miami, Fla. 10.

Saves: Pitt 9, Miami, Fla. 4.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 3, Miami, Fla. 9.

Fouls: Pitt 11, Miami, Fla. 13.


Women's Soccer Drops 1-0 Overtime Decision to Miami, Fla.

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