Sept. 4, 2013
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.--The Pitt women's soccer team tied Robert Morris 1-1 in double overtime Wednesday evening at RMU's North Athletic Complex. With the tie, Pitt moves to 3-1-1 on the season, while Robert Morris is now 3-0-1.
The visiting Panthers outplayed the host Colonials, outshot them 27-10 and finished with 10 corner kicks to RMU's two, but couldn't find the extra goal it needed to gain its fourth win on the year.
"We had a great start to the game and put some pressure on them early," Pitt coach Greg Miller said. "We hit the crossbar then were able to get a goal off a corner kick and had a lot of momentum. Then we seemed to withdraw a little bit. Robert Morris took advantage of an opportunity that they had and it really changed the complexity of the entire half. It was really a struggle for us the rest of the game."
"We still continued to not make great soccer decisions and really made it harder on ourselves. Credit Robert Morris. They battled, they didn't give up, like I knew they wouldn't, continued to fight and did exactly what they had to do to keep themselves in the game. We didn't capitalize on the many opportunities that we had--we had 10 corners and 27 shots--and didn't take advantage. We took too many shots from a distance and didn't challenge their goalkeeper as much as we needed to. This is one of those games where it's a lesson. We have to take this and realize that we didn't play our best. We have to learn from it and move on."
Pitt got off to a strong start, immediately firing six shots on the Robert Morris goal in the game's first 10 minutes. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when junior Alex Charlebois headed in a corner kick from Roosa Arvas. Arvas sent the ball directly to Charlebois' head, who redirected it straight into the net. The goal was Charlebois' second of the year and second off a corner kick, while Arvas notched her second assist of the year and team-leading sixth point (two goals/two assists).
The Panthers continued to pressure the Colonials, but Robert Morris evened the score in the 31st minute on a breakaway goal by Madison Kozlowski. Kozlowski controlled a through ball from Johanna Kadam and tapped a shot past Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino.
At halftime, Pitt had outshot Robert Morris 12-4 and finished with three corner kicks to the Colonials' zero.
Pitt had multiple opportunities to score in the second half. Morgan Sharick's header off an Arvas corner kick skimmed off the crossbar in the 78th minute, Siobhan McDonough sent a shot over the goal in the 77th minute and Ella Vanhanen had a chance in the 55th minute. The Panthers applied pressure in the game's final five minutes but couldn't convert.
The first overtime period saw Pitt have a variety of scoring opportunities including several corner kicks. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino made a diving save of a RMU shot in the period's final minute. Pitt also fired three shots in the second overtime period.
D'Agostino finished with five saves in the full 110:00 minutes, while RMU goalkeepers Becky Schoenecker and Chelsea De Jager combined for five saves. Just six of Pitt's 27 shots were on goal.
Pitt and Robert Morris met for the ninth time in women's soccer. Pitt now leads the all-time series 6-2-1 with wins in two of the last three and four of the last five games.
Pitt is back in action on Friday, Sept. 6 against Toledo. Kickoff for that contest is at 6 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Panthers play their first Atlantic Coast Conference match when they host Boston College next Thursday on ESPN3/Pitt Panthers Television. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.