Sept. 21, 2008
TOLEDO, Ohio—Despite registering a goal in the game’s closing minutes, the Pitt women’s soccer team fell short in a 2-1 loss at Toledo Sunday afternoon. The defeat marked the conclusion of non-conference play for the Panthers this season.
The Rockets took a 1-0 lead early in the first half. In the fifth minute, Toledo midfielder Brittany Hensler fired a ball into the back of the net to record the day’s first goal. Pitt forward Katelyn Ruhe nearly evened the score with a header in the 12th minute, but Toledo goalie Vicki Traven snagged the ball. The Rockets entered halftime holding onto a 1-0 lead.
Pitt bombarded the Toledo defense with six shots and one shot on goal during the initial eight minutes of the second half. However, the Panthers failed to capitalize on the offensive flurry.
In the 56th minute, Toledo’s Molly Cornwell gave the Rockets a 2-0 lead with a goal. The goal proved to be the game-winner.
With fewer than three minutes remaining, Pitt defender Kat Weiler won the ball at midfield, dribbled past the Toledo defense, and shot out of the reach of Traven to score in the 88th minute. The goal was the first of Weiler’s collegiate career and brought the final score to 2-1.
The Panthers controlled the pace throughout the second half and finished the day with 16 shots to the Rockets’ nine.
With the loss, Pitt dropped to 3-6-0 overall while Toledo improved its record to 5-2-0.
Pitt concludes its three-game road series as it travels to Big East rival Syracuse on Thursday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.