April 16, 2012
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s soccer team kept up its successful spring season, staying unbeaten with two more wins this past weekend. The Panthers posted a pair of shutouts, beating Duquesne 2-0 on Friday and St. Bonaventure 1-0 on Sunday to improve to 4-0.
Both games were played at Ambrose Urbanic Field, moving Pitt’s record at its home field this spring to 3-0. The Panthers also won their only road game of the season, topping returning national qualifier Maryland, 3-2.
The Panthers scored early in each of their first two wins, but were held scoreless in the first half against the Dukes on Friday, despite creating numerous scoring chances. But they came out firing in the second half and pulled away with a pair of goals.
Madison Gritsch put Pitt on the scoreboard with a goal 15 minutes into the second half. She took a pass from Kari Cunard and finished near post.
The Panthers added their second goal late in the game. Ashley Cuba and Dana DelleFemine have developed a great connection on the field this spring. For the third time in two games, Cuba assisted on a DelleFemine goal, this one helping to put the game away.
Only one goal was needed in the win over Saint Bonaventure thanks to another great defensive effort. With just three minutes left in the game, Caroline Keefer scored on a header off a rebound from a shot by Jackie Poucel. Alyssa Meier initially helped set up the scoring play.
“While we played some decent soccer at times in both games we still weren't as consistent on both sides of the ball as we would have hoped to be at this point in the spring,” said Pitt head coach Greg Miller. “What needs to be noted, though, is there were many great moments to build on from both of these games.
”Although we let fatigue of a long spring affect our ability to play a full game, these spring games help us prepare for when things count in the fall. We need to work on finding ways to persevere despite the adversity. As a staff, we are extremely proud of this group and the sacrifices they have made to be better.”