PITTSBURGH - The Pitt women's soccer team celebrated senior day with a 2-0 win over Providence on Sunday at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
The victory was the second-straight for the Panthers (7-10-2, 2-6-2 Big East), who conclude their season with the fourth-most wins in program history. Pitt collected the game-winner in the 16th minute on a penalty kick strike from redshirt sophomore Alyssa Meier.
"We talked about righting some of the wrong we have had this season and we had an opportunity on Thursday night and today to release some of that frustration," said Pitt first-year coach Greg Miller. "You could feel that the team wanted to continue that momentum. I thought we played together as a team, played free (and) with a lot of heart."
A takedown of junior Katie Lippert in the box at the 15:44 mark resulted in a penalty kick opportunity for the Panthers. Meier buried the shot into the bottom left side of the net to record her first goal of the season.
An insurance goal came in the 55th minute from redshirt sophomore Alex Charlebois, who headed in a corner kick from freshman Roosa Arvas. The score was the third of the week for Charlebois who had both goals in Pitt's 2-1 win over UConn on Thursday. The assist was the eighth of the season for Arvas, second-most in Pitt history.
The Panthers would have a host of chances in the second period. Junior Danielle Benner nearly connected on a flick pass, but her header sailed high in the 87th minute. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino helped preserve the shutout with three saves.
"I knew with our schedule that this season would be a challenge and I think (at times) we struggled even in the more winnable games," Miller added. "As the season wore, we weren't getting the rewards. Part of the challenge of the staff was to keep the team motivated and find the right formula. I was happy with the play today and it is something to build on for the future."
Seniors Danielle Benner, Ashley Cuba, Abby Baldys and Kristina Rioux were recognized prior to the game for their contribution to Pitt women's soccer. Cuba - the program's all-time goals and points leader - was also given a game ball at the half to highlight her individual accomplishments.
Pitt 2, Providence (Women's Soccer)
October 14, 2012, Ambrose Urbanic Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.