Oct. 20, 2013
PITTSBURGH--Katie Yensen scored two first half goals in leading No. 6 Virginia Tech to a 4-0 win over the Pitt women's soccer team Sunday before 472 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The loss drops Pitt to 4-11-1 overall and 0-10-0 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech improves 13-1-2, 8-1-1 in the ACC.
No. 6 Virginia Tech represented Pitt's sixth nationally ranked opponent of the year. The six opponents mark the most nationally ranked opponents that Pitt has ever played in a women's soccer season. Previously, the Panthers had played five in both 1999 and 2001. The two schools were playing their first-ever match as Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
Pitt's six seniors--Nicole D'Agostino, Dana DelleFemine, Caroline Keefer, Katie Lippert, Alyssa Meier and Morgan Sharick--were honored in a pre-match ceremony. Ironically, Meier was playing against her sister Ashley, who plays for Virginia Tech. The entire soccer team and program at Strongsville High School in Ohio attended the match in support of the Meier sisters.
Yensen gave Virginia Tech a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute when she finished off a crossing pass from Kelsey Loupee. Taylor Antolino also assisted on the play. The Hokies made it 2-0 four minutes later in the 19th minute when Murielle Tiernan headed in a ball crossed by Loupee. Tiernan redirected the ball from seven yards out past Pitt goalkeeper Taylor Francis. Virginia Tech went up 3-0 in the 27th minute when Yensen scored her second goal by finishing a cross by Jazmine Reeves.
Virginia Tech added an insurance goal in the 56th minute when Ashley Manning finished on a scrum in front of the net. Katie Deturo assisted on the play.
"We had a great week of practice this week, that's why the result was disappointing," Pitt coach Greg Miller said. "Credit Virginia Tech. They created a lot of confusion for us today. We didn't do a good enough job of adjusting. I thought the second half for us was better. We had some opportunities to create some chances. We have to be more productive and create threats."
Virginia Tech outshot Pitt 18-3 and finished with six corner kicks to the Panthers' one. Pitt finished with three shots in the second half, one each from Roosa Arvas, Morgan Sharick and Ella Vanhanen. Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Francis finished the game with five saves.
For the first home match of the season, Pitt wore its blue and gold checkerboard jerseys.
Pitt has three ACC regular season road games remaining: at Wake Forest (Oct. 24), at Duke (Oct. 27) and at Maryland (Oct. 31).