Oct. 31, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md.—Maryland scored two goals within a 14-minute second half span and held off a late Panthers comeback to register a 3-1 Halloween win over the Pitt women’s soccer team Thursday evening at Ludwig Field. The game marked Pitt’s 19th and final women’s soccer match of the season.
Maryland got on the scoreboard first in the 51st minute when Alex Doody scored on a shot from 12 yards out. Kristen Schmidbauer stole the ball and played it to her left where Doody collected it and finished on the shot. The Terrapins went up 2-0 in the 65th minute when Hayley Brock stole the ball deep in Pitt’s backfield, one-touched it and fired a shot into the lower right corner of the goal.
Nine minutes later in 75th minute, Pitt struck back with a goal of its own when freshman Ella Vanhanen’s shot deflected off a Maryland defender and into its own goal. The score was ruled an own goal.
Following a flurry of Maryland shots, Doody scored her second goal of the evening in the 88th minute on an assist from Brock. Brock crossed the ball from the right and Doody deposited the shot. That gave the host Terrapins a 3-1 lead.
“Overall, I’m pleased with our effort, this being our last game, we put it all out there,” Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. “We had a pretty good game. It was a good rebound game from Sunday’s match at Duke. We gave ourselves a chance. The last three games we scored five goals. I’m proud of the seniors and what they were able to contribute, certainly glad that they were able to provide a lot of experience and help lay the groundwork for the program moving forward.”
All scoring occurred in the second half. Both teams ended the first half in a scoreless 0-0 tie.
“We gave up some shots, but kept the score even in the first half. We didn’t do a good enough job of putting pressure on them. We had opportunities to take shots in the first half, but we passed on shot opportunities. That was frustrating. At the end of the first half, it’s 0-0, we can try and fix some things, made some adjustments. They got the first goal off a turnover, got the second goal where we didn’t step up to the pressure quickly enough. We get the own goal back and get some life. We missed on a great chance. We had a great look when Siobhan dribbled 60 yards up the field, crossed the ball and Alyssa put it over the goal. We changed our shape and tried to get the game tying goal and then gave up a counterattack goal.”
Pitt freshman goalkeeper Taylor Francis finished the contest with a career-high nine saves. Pitt played only 14 players. Previously injured junior defenders Jackie Poucel (90 minutes) and Riliegh McHugh (75 minutes) both saw their first action in several matches.
Maryland outshot Pitt 27-3 and finished with five corner kicks to the Panthers’ zero.
The loss ends Pitt’s season at 4-14-1 overall and 0-13-0 in the ACC, while Maryland improves to 10-9-0 overall and 6-7-0 in the ACC. Pitt’s six seniors—D’Agostino, DelleFemine, Caroline Keefer, Katie Lippert, Alyssa Meier and Sharick—played their final collegiate match as Panthers.
Sophomore Roosa Arvas led the Panthers in points (seven), junior Alex Charlebois led Pitt in goals (three) and senior Morgan Sharick played the most minutes on the year (1,688). In ACC regular season action, senior Dana DelleFemine led the squad with two ACC goals and freshman Siobhan McDonough registered four points (one goal/two assists). Before going down with a season-ending injury, senior goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino concluded the season with 77 saves, a 1.58 goals against average and three shutouts in 1142 minutes and 13 games played. Francis finished with 38 saves and a 3.22 goals against average in 587 minutes and nine games.
Next season, Pitt returns six starters and 13 letterwinners. Two freshmen—Carly Seneca and Marci Carter—were sidelined with injuries early in the year.