Oct. 21, 2011
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team played well in its final match of the season on Friday, but came up short in a 1-0 loss to No. 18 West Virginia at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Kate Schwindel scored the game-winning goal in the 46th minute on an excellent left-footed shot from 25 yards out. She scored to the top left after receiving a pass from Bri Rodriguez.
The Mountaineers, who lead the Big East American Division, improve to 14-4-0 overall and 10-1-0 in the conference. The Panthers wrap up their season with records of 2-13-4 and 1-8-3.
Pitt looked poised for an upset early on, creating numerous scoring opportunities in the first half. The Panthers had a 7-6 advantage in shots at the half and forced West Virginia goalie Sara Keane to make five saves.
Keane finished with eight saves for the match to record her eighth shutout of the season. She made some outstanding saves, including a leaping tip of a long-distance shot by Katie Ruhe that was headed for the back of the net.
Ruhe, along with Katheryn Kunugi and Kristina Rioux, were honored before the game for Senior Night. Junior Ashley Cuba was honored at halftime on recently becoming the school’s all-time leader in goals (21).
Following the match, Pitt head coach Sue-Moy Chin said she was proud of her team’s performance, and also expressed her gratitude to the three seniors for their effort and commitment to the program the past four years.
Ruhe graduates as Pitt’s all-time leader in assists with 17. She is also seventh at Pitt in career points.
Rioux made 12 saves to give her an even 100 saves for the season.