Sept. 2, 2007
INDIANOLA, Pa.-- The Pitt women's soccer team posted its second consecutive shutout as it defeated Niagara 3-0 Sunday at Founders Field. Pitt opens its season undefeated at 2-0-0 while the Niagara drops to 1-1-0.
"We had a great opening weekend with two shutouts and two wins," Pitt head coach Sue-Moy Chin said. "We played a very good Niagara team today. They appeared in last year's NCAA Tournament so I'm very pleased with our team effort today."
With her four saves on the afternoon, sophomore goalkeeper Alison Finch (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bethel Park) posted her fifth career shutout and second of the season.
Pitt grabbed a 1-0 lead with an Ashley Habbel (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) goal in the ninth minute. Senior Rachel Vecchio (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) controlled a ball and sent it to Habbel who shot the ball over the Purple Eagle's goalie and into the net. The score marked Habbel's eighth career goal which moves her into a tie for sixth place on Pitt's all-time career list for goals scored. The record is 13, held by Cande Ruiz (1998-01).
In the game's 25th minute, Habbel then assisted Jennifer Kritch (Northville, Mich./Northville) when she knocked a throughball past the Purple Eagle defense to Kritch. Kritch gathered the ball and sent it into the net for Pitt's second goal.
The Panthers' final goal came in the 74th minute when sophomore Jenna Greenfield (New Hope, Pa./New Hope) crossed the ball to freshman Liz Carroll (Alexandria, Va./Bishop O'Connell) who scored on goal. Carroll finished the day with four shots and three shots on goal against Niagara.
Pitt travels to Georgia and Alabama this weekend where it will compete against Georgia State on Friday, September 7 and Auburn on Sunday, September 9.