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Sept. 2, 2012

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.--The Pitt women's soccer team battled and matched No. 3 Penn State with 10 shots, but the Panthers couldn't overcome the Nittany Lions as they fell 3-0 in game two of the WVU 90 Minute Classic on Sunday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The loss drops Pitt to 4-3-0 on the year while No. 3 ranked Penn State improves to 5-1-0.

With the win, Penn State claimed the WVU 90 Minute Classic title with a 2-0 record. The Nittany Lions also defeated West Virginia, 2-1, in overtime on Friday evening.

"We did a good job of playing to the best of our abilities," Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. "I thought we had a good game plan going in. Penn State is a really good team, the best team they've had since 2004. Athletically and soccer player for soccer player, we don't match up with Penn State, but we consistently battled. We played toe-to-toe with them for awhile and we should have had one or two goals. Down one goal, we capitalized on a mistake and had a breakaway that could've tied the game at 1-1. When we went down 2-0, we continued to fight for opportunities. We never gave up and continued to battle throughout the game. We played well in the second half, continued to be inspired and got after it."

"I'm really proud of the team for displaying that fighting spirit. They never stopped believing. Eventually that belief will pay off with results."

Penn State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute when Maddy Evans finished in front of the net after receiving a crossing pass from Tani Costa. Christine Nairn also assisted on the play. The Nittany Lions made it 2-0 just three minutes before halftime in the 43rd minute when Costa scored on shot into the lower right corner from 22 yards out. Penn State took its 3-0 lead in the 49th minute when Nairn received a through ball from Corey Persson and fired a shot past Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino.

Pitt and Penn State totaled 10 shots apiece with the Panthers firing four on goal to the Nittany Lions' six. Penn State was forced into four goalkeeper saves to the Panthers' three.

D'Agostino finished the game with three saves in playing the full 90 minutes in goal. She has played every minute of every game for the Panthers and concluded the week with 12 saves and four goals allowed in two matches.

In the second half, Pitt outshot Penn State 6-3 and forced the Nittany Lions into three saves including two shots from Taylor Parisse and one from Danielle Benner. Ashley Cuba registered Pitt's other shot on goal in the first half.

"Abby Baldys was excellent today and all weekend," Miller said. "She really played some inspired soccer today. Janna Brown had some good minutes off the bench, played physical, gave us a lot of possessions and defended well. Danielle Benner also gave us good minutes and had a couple of chances to score. Once again, our bench continues to do great things for us. We will need that valuable experience and those minutes as the season progresses."

Pitt is back in action next weekend when it travels to Virginia for its final two non-conference matches. Pitt will play at Liberty on Friday, Sept. 7 (7 p.m.), then travels to Richmond to face Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Sept. 9 (1 p.m.). Pitt begins Big East Conference regular season play when it hosts Marquette on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

"We've got one more weekend to clean up some things and improve ourselves before we open conference play with Marquette," Miller said. "We'll see how much better we can get in the next two games."

No. 3 Penn State 3, Pitt 0 (Women's Soccer)

September 2, 2012, WVU 90 Minute Classic, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Morgantown, W.Va.





Penn State (5-1-0)




Pitt (4-3-0)





PSU: Maddy Evans (2) from Tani Costa, Christine Nairn, 7:41 (cross from left side, finish in front of net)

PSU: Tani Costa (3) from Jenna Kalwa, 42:09 (shot into lower right corner from 22 yards out)

PSU: Christine Nairn (7) from Corey Persson, 48:40 (through ball up the middle, beat GK 1v1)

Shots: Pitt 10, Penn State 10.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 4, Penn State 6.

Saves: Pitt 3, Penn State 4.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 2, Penn State 3.

Fouls: Pitt 7, Penn State 3.


Women's Soccer Falls to No. 3 Penn State, 3-0

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