Oct. 10, 2013
MIAMI—Ashley Flinn scored the game-winning goal in the match’s 67th minute to propel Miami to a 1-0 women’s soccer win against Pitt Thursday evening at Cobb Stadium. The loss drops Pitt to 4-9-1 overall and 0-8-0 in the ACC. Miami improves to 8-4-0 overall and 2-5-0 in the ACC.
Pitt had several opportunities down the stretch to score. Junior Alyssa Meier and sophomore Roosa Arvas both had shots saved in the game’s final 20 minutes. Overall, Pitt head coach Greg Miller was very pleased with the Panthers’ effort.
“They had a new sense of belief tonight,” Miller said. “After the emotional game vs. Syracuse last Sunday, we challenged them to have a new outlook and new spirit about them and to show intensity in everything they did. They were great. They battled, they defended very well, they created more chances than we’ve had in the last five games. In the end, we changed our shape and tried to manufacture a goal. We had two open looks from about eight yards out and we hit both at the goalkeeper. We created good opportunities, but we couldn’t capitalize.”
“We had the better chances, but couldn’t put the ball in the goal. We put a lot of work in and couldn’t reward ourselves and that’s the frustrating part. It’s a hard one to swallow.”
Flinn’s goal came at the 66:19 mark. She finished on a scramble in front of the net which originated from a set piece taken from the far corner. Tara Schwitter and Blake Stockton each earned assists on the play. That was all the Hurricanes needed as they registered their third shutout of the season.
The first half ended in a 0-0 tie. In the end, Miami outshot Pitt 15-7, finished with eight corner kicks to Pitt’s five and fired five shots on goal to Pitt’s four.
“We played a good first half,” Miller said. “We followed the game plan, made some adjustments at halftime. We ended up giving up another goal off a set piece. But the difference tonight was that we kept fighting. We did a great job of following the game plan, believing and fighting. Everyone played hard. We had great play from people who hadn’t started and great play from our bench. Kaila Jenkins came in and played well for 90 minutes. Taylor Francis made her first career start in goal. Alyssa Meier was fantastic up front. She caused a lot of havoc, linked up well with our midfield. When we went down a goal, we never gave up. We tried to do everything we could to get a goal. We got on the offensive and created a lot of good chances and really tried to do everything we could to get ourselves back in the game.”
Francis made her first career start in goal for the injured Nicole D’Agostino. In a full 90 minute performance, Francis finished with four saves. Meier led the Panthers with three shots on goal. Also registering one shot apiece for the Panthers included senior Katie Lippert, sophomore Roosa Arvas, freshman Ella Vanhanen and freshman Emily Pietrangelo.
Flinn, Erin McGovern and Jasmine Paterson finished with four shots apiece for the Hurricanes.
The two schools met for the second time in as many years. Miami also defeated the Panthers 1-0 in overtime at the WVU 90 Minute Classic on August 31, 2012.
“We’ve got to take all of the positive things that we did tonight and channel that towards Florida State for Sunday,” Miller said.
Next, Pitt travels to Tallahassee, Fla. to face No. 3 ranked Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Panthers have just one more home game remaining when they host Virginia Tech on Senior Day, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20.