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Oct. 7, 2012

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JAMAICA, N.Y.--Freshman Roosa Arvas scored a career-high two goals in leading the Pitt women's soccer team to a 2-2 double overtime tie at St. John's Sunday at Belson Stadium. The tie gives Pitt a 5-10-2 overall record and 0-6-2 Big East record, while St. John's is now 6-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big East.

"Today was our most winnable game," Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. "We got down 1-0 after we failed to pay attention to detail. Then Roosa capitalized on two St. John's mistakes as she scored on breakaway goals. The remainder of the first half, we were in control. As the game wore on, our fitness was taking over. We battled and fought. We'll take it, a point on the road is better than no points."

The visiting Panthers had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit after St. John's scored in the game's 11th minute. Caitlyn McLaughlin scored off a pass from Runa Stefansdottir.

Pitt came back 10 minutes later when it evened the score at 1-1 in the 21st minute when Arvas notched her first goal of the day. Arvas stole the ball from a St. John's defender, then went one-on-one with the Red Storm goalkeeper and sent a shot past her into the corner.

Arvas scored her second goal of the match in the 27th minute when she took advantage of a St. John's mistake, collected the ball and quickly shot it into the net. That gave Pitt a 2-1 lead. With the two goals, Arvas now leads the Panthers in points (13) and ranks second in goals scored (three).

"Today, the ball was bouncing in our direction," Miller said. "We've been a victim of many misclearances, but today, we had the fortunate bounces. Two misclearances by St. John's cost them two goals. Going down, then going up, I thought this could be our day. I told the team at halftime, it would take a third goal to be able to get the win today."

St. John's evened the score at 2-2 in the first minute of the second half when Michelle Murino scored on a shot from 23 yards out. McLaughlin and Rachel Hoffman both assisted on the play.

Neither team could score in the game's final 63 minutes.

Pitt had a couple of chances in the first overtime period when Ashley Cuba took a shot and the ball trickled out to Alyssa Meier whose shot was deflected by the St. John's goalkeeper. Cuba also had another opportunity later.

Pitt outshot St. John's 22-17 in the contest. Arvas took five shots, Alyssa Meier finished with four and Ashley Cuba and Janna Brown added two apiece for the Panthers. The Panthers also had five corner kicks, including two in the second double overtime period.

Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino finished with seven saves while playing the full 110 minutes.

Pitt's final two regular season games are at home against Connecticut (Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.) and Providence (Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.). The Providence matchup signifies the final home match for Pitt's four seniors Abby Baldys, Danielle Benner, Ashley Cuba and Kristina Rioux.

Pitt 2, St. John's, 2, 2OT (Women's Soccer)

October 7, 2012, Coyne Field, Syracuse, N.Y.

Goals by Period












St. John's







StJ: Caitlyn McLaughlin from Runa Stefansdottir, 10:39

Pitt: Roosa Arvas, unassisted, 20:26 (Arvas took the ball away from a St. John's defender, went 1v1 with the GK and finished).

Pitt: Roosa Arvas, unassisted, 26:06 (Arvas scored after a turnover with a quick shot to the net).

StJ: Michelle Murino from Rachel Hoffman and Caitlyn McLaughlin, 46:19 (Hoffman and McLaughlin passes to Murino, Marino scores from 23 yards out)

Shots: Pitt 17, St. John's 22.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 11, St. John's 9.

Saves: Pitt 7, St. John's 9.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 5, St. John's, 6.

Fouls: Pitt 7, St. John's 4.


Women's Soccer Ties St. John's 2-2 in Double Overtime

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