Sept. 12, 2013
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PITTSBURGH--In its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference regular season match, the Pitt women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Boston College Thursday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Both teams were playing their first ACC regular season match of the year. Pitt drops to 4-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in ACC play, while Boston College improves to 4-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in ACC play.
Boston College took a 1-0 lead in the second minute when McKenzie Meehan headed in a set piece cross from Casey Morrison. Morrison played a high arching ball from 30 yards out to Meehan who was waiting on the far side of the goal. She redirected the ball on a header straight into the net. The goal, scored at 1:09, marked the sixth fastest goal ever scored by a Pitt opponent in its 18-year women's soccer school history.
Wearing all gold uniforms for the first time this year, Pitt head coach Greg Miller was understandably disappointed with the way the Panthers started the game.
"When you start the game basically down 1-0 against a team like Boston College and you're trying to crawl your way back in, it makes it very difficult," Miller said. "Credit BC, they were very busy on the field and they made the most of their opportunities from distance."
"We've got to be better at the detail stuff: on the set pieces and with the ball. We gave a lot of possession away, some of it dictated by the pressure and some of it, we were just giving the ball away without any pressure. We've got to be better at keeping the ball when we win the ball back. We changed our shape in the second half to try to settle things down a bit. I'm not sure we altogether were any better because we gave the ball away so much."
Boston College went up 2-0 in the 21st minute when Stephanie McCaffrey fired a shot from the middle of the field that found the lower left corner of the net. McCaffrey received a pass in the middle of the field from Morrison, turned, made two touches on the ball and rocketed her shot at the Pitt goal. The assist marked Morrison's second of the evening.
The Eagles added an insurance goal in the 59th minute when Hayley Dowd fired a shot from the middle of the field into the lower left portion of the net. Dowd received a pass from McCaffrey.
"We're in this great conference, the ACC, and we're playing a lot of great teams," Miller said. "We just can't start the game like we did tonight. We've got to roll up our sleeves and get after it, right from the start. A lot of that is paying attention to detail and paying attention to the game plan and trying to execute the best way we can. We didn't do a good job of that tonight and we have another opportunity on Sunday to try and fix that against another good team in N.C. State."
Boston College outshot Pitt 15-2 and finished with three corner kicks to the Panthers' one. Pitt's Alyssa Meier and Dana DelleFemine
Pitt entered the match with a 4-1-1 non-conference record, which tied for its best start to a season after six matches.
Pitt plays its second Atlantic Coast Conference match when it hosts North Carolina State on Sunday, Sept. 15. Kickoff for the match is at 1 p.m. ET at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The match will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television locally in Pittsburgh on Comcast Cable Channel 188 or 210 or nationally on ESPN3.com.
The evening featured multiple promotions including Dollar Dog Night, Pitt Staff Night and Pitt Soccer Camp Reunion Day.