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LYNCHBURG, Va.--The Pitt women's soccer team registered its first shutout of the 2012 season as it blanked Liberty 1-0 Friday evening at Osborne Stadium. The win improves Pitt to 5-3-0 on the year while Liberty drops to 4-3-0 overall.

With the win, Pitt totaled its first shutout victory in a full year. The last time it registered a shutout was on August 28, 2011 vs. Delaware (1-0). With its fifth win of the year, Pitt tied its school record for most non conference victories in a season. Pitt also registered five non conference wins in five other seasons: 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Pitt will begin Big East Conference play next Thursday against Marquette.

Redshirt sophomore Riliegh McHugh gave Pitt a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when she scored on a cross from outside the 18-yard box. Taken from the left side of the field, the game-winning goal, which was assisted by Alex Charlebois, marked McHugh's second of the season.

Pitt head coach Greg Miller was happy to get the win, but said the Panthers missed on too many opportunities for goals. He cited two breakaway chances in the first half that should have been goals and an Ashley Cuba rebound shot that hit off the crossbar.

"We had a bunch of chances that we should have scored on and we didn't put the game away like we should have," Miller said. "We had a lot of opportunities that we didn't capitalize on. And when you don't capitalize on opportunities, it puts pressure on everyone throughout the game. We struggled at the end of the game and we made the game way too uncomfortable for ourselves."

"We're happy to get the win, we got a shutout and we're finding ways to win games, but we've got to do a better job, especially since we'll be facing tougher competition soon."

Pitt's backline unit consisting of Alyssa Meier, Morgan Sharick, Abby Baldys, Jackie Poucel and Olivia Horner limited the host Flames to nine total shots and only two on goal. In the second half, Liberty failed to take a shot on goal. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino played the full 90 minutes and registered her first collegiate shutout in goal with two saves on the evening. For the season, Pitt has allowed just nine goals in eight games for a successful 1.02 goals allowed per game average.

"Our backline was a huge factor in both halves for us tonight," Miller said. "Since we didn't put away our chances like we should have, that put pressure on our defenders. Nicole didn't have to do a whole lot, but the four in front of her did a great job. Olivia Horner also gave us some good minutes off the bench."

Once again, Pitt's bench proved to be a strength as 19 Pitt players saw action in the contest and 15 played 20 minutes or more. Dana DelleFemine and McHugh both finished with three shots apiece, while Alex Charlebois and Cuba each took two shots.

Pitt plays its final non conference match at Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Sept. 9 (1 p.m.). Pitt begins Big East regular season play when it hosts Marquette on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

"VCU will be a better quality opponent for us on Sunday so we will have to rise to the challenge," Miller said.

Pitt 1, Liberty 0 (Women's Soccer)

September 7, 2012, Obsorne Stadium, Lynchburg, Va.





Pitt (5-3-0)




Liberty (4-3-0)





Pitt: Riliegh McHugh (2) from Alex Charlebois, 13:16 (shot from outside the 18-yard box from left side into back of net)

Shots: Pitt 11, Liberty 9.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 4, Liberty 2.

Saves: Pitt 2, Liberty 3.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 3, Liberty 1.

Fouls: Pitt 6, Liberty 4.


Women's Soccer Shuts Out Liberty, 1-0

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