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Oct. 11, 2012

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PITTSBURGH--Alex Charlebois scored two goals in the game's final 13 minutes to give the Pitt women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Connecticut Thursday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The victory marked first-year head coach Greg Miller's first career Big East win.

Pitt's final regular season match is on Sunday against Providence. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Providence match signifies the final home game for Pitt's four seniors: Abby Baldys, Danielle Benner, Ashley Cuba and Kristina Rioux.

"I'm really proud of the way the team battled tonight," Miller said. "We were eliminated from conference tournament play last week and had our backs against the wall with nothing else to play for. We talked about putting the regret and frustration of the season behind us and to end the season on a positive note. We gave ourselves a chance to win today. Call it luck or whatever, I felt like today would be our day. We played without regret or frustration."

"It was a great win. We didn't have anything else to play for other than pride. We want to end the season on a good note. Before the game, we told the team that every team that is entering postseason play wants to be playing their best soccer and peaking at the end of the season. That doesn't mean we can't be playing our best soccer, too."

Pitt notched the win in dramatic fashion with both goals coming in the match's final 13 minutes.

Charlebois finished with a career-high two goal day. Both goals were scored on through balls. Her first score came in the 78th minute when Morgan Sharick played a ball forward toward the net. Connecticut goalkeeper Jessica Montrose charged the ball but Charlebois beat her to it and placed the ball into the empty net. The goal gave Pitt a 1-0 lead.

"Alex's first goal was all about effort and determination," Miller said. "We've been talking about that with her for a while now. She just put her head down and made a great finish on the ball. The second goal, she took off, Alyssa slipped her a through ball. Her first touch was great and played it perfectly into the net."

Connecticut was not finished. In the 86th minute, Riley Houle gathered up a loose ball and lofted a crossing shot from the right corner that was batted up into the net by Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino. And just like that, the game was tied at 1-1 with four minutes to go in regulation.

But Pitt continued to press for scoring opportunities. The Panthers registered the game-winner a minute later when Alyssa Meier sent another through ball to Charlebois on the right side. Charlebois sped past her defender, controlled the forward pass and sent a shot past Montrose into the goal's lower left portion of the net.

Miller made several adjustments with his team, moving Meier to a midfield position from her defender spot. Riliegh McHugh played in the backline and Ashley Cuba saw action in the midfield. Meier had a great opportunity to score in the first half on a breakaway but a trickled a shot just left of the far post.

"Alyssa is our best soccer player," Miller said. "We wanted to put her in a position to help us tonight. They were more athletic than us at midfield, so we made the switch. She played a great game there."

D'Agostino finished the game with nine saves in goal for Pitt. She made a spectacular diving save in the game's closing seconds to secure Pitt's victory.

With the win, Pitt improves to 6-10-2 overall and 1-6-2 in the Big East. Connecticut falls to 7-7-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the Big East.

All six of Pitt's victories this season have come after either trailing or being tied in each of its respective matches. In addition, Pitt has lost only three games by more than one goal. Pitt's six victories are three times more than it totaled last year.

Pitt 2, Connecticut 1 (Women's Soccer)

October 11, 2012, Ambrose Urbanic Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Pitt: Alex Charlebois from Morgan Sharick, 77:41 (Sharick through ball, Charlebois shot on empty net)

UConn: Riley Houle (unassisted), 85:08 (shot from far right corner that was batted by GK up into net)

Pitt: Alex Charlebois from Alyssa Meier, 86:57 (through ball from Meier on right side, controlled by Charlebois, placed into lower left corner of net)

Shots: Pitt 7, Connecticut 22.

Shots on Goal: Pitt 2, Connecticut 10.

Saves: Pitt 9, Connecticut 0.

Corner Kicks: Pitt 3, Connecticut 3.

Fouls: Pitt 8, Connecticut 11.


Women's Soccer Wins 2-1 Decision Over Connecticut

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