CENTRAL MICHIGAN (8-11-1, 8-4-0 MAC) AT PITT (4-14-1, 0-13-0 ACC)
Exhibition Match Saturday, August 16, 2014 Noon ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 3rd year at Pitt; Central Michigan: Peter McGahey, 2nd year at CMU.
Series: In regular season games, Pitt and Central Michigan have met three times since the 2001 season: a 1-0 Pitt win on Sept. 1, 2013, a 2-0 CMU win on Sept. 9, 2011 and a 1-0 Pitt win on Aug. 31, 2001.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt hosts Central Michigan at Ambrose Urbanic Field for its second exhibition game of the 2014 season on Saturday, August 16 at noon.
Pitt will begin its 19th all-time season of women's soccer and its third under head coach Greg Miller. The 2013 season marks the second as part of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the University of Pittsburgh and the Pitt women's soccer program. Eight ACC women's soccer teams are ranked among the nation's top-25.
Pitt begins regular season play next weekend (August 22-24 when it hosts the four-game Steel City Classic featuring Duquesne, Robert Morris and Akron. On Friday, Aug. 22, Robert Morris and Duquesne meet at 5 p.m., while Pitt hosts Akron at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 24, Akron and Robert Morris play at 11 a.m., followed by Pitt and Duquesne at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public for all games.
PITT TEAM NOTES
Twenty-three individuals on Pitt's 28-player roster are either sophomores or freshmen. With just three seniors, two juniors, 11 sophomores and 12 freshmen, Pitt is one of NCAA Division I's youngest women's soccer teams.
Pitt's 12-player freshman class was ranked among the nation's top recruiting classes. The group, which has representatives from Ontario, Canada (5), California (2), Pennsylvania (2), Ohio (1), Virginia (1) and Colorado (1), includes athletes who will play key roles immediately. The group includes forwards Malea Fabean, Taylor Pryce, Megan Giannopoulos and Alex Reckas, midfielders Shaina Ashouri, Jo Fischer, Hanna Hannesdottir, Ashley Moreira and Emma Pozzulo and defenders Courtney Coate and Seyla Perez, along with goalkeeper Margot Shore.
Pitt returns each of its top two point scorers in junior Roosa Arvas (seven points/two goals/three assists) and Alex Charlebois (six points/three goals) from last year's squad. Arvas, who has totaled 21 career points (five goals/11 assists), has led Pitt in points in each of the last two seasons.
With 43 career starts, senior Jackie Poucel returns to lead the defense. She has played in 3,750 career minutes.
Pitt coach Greg Miller is in his third season at Pitt. He was named the school's third head women's soccer coach on January 1, 2012. Prior to Pittsburgh, Miller spent 11 seasons as the Associate Head Coach at Ohio State, where he helped lead the Buckeyes to three Big Ten Championships and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
PITT DROPS 2-0 EXHIBITION GAME AT WILLIAM & MARY
The Pitt women's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision at William & Mary in its first exhibition match of the 2014 season Tuesday afternoon at Albert Daly Field.
Twenty-two Pitt Panthers saw action in the contest including two goalkeepers: sophomore Taylor Francis (first half) and freshman Margot Shore (second half). Six of Pitt's 11 starters were freshmen, including Emma Pozzulo, Taylor Pryce, Shaina Ashouri, Seyla Perez, Courtney Coate and Ashley Moreira. Senior Jackie Poucel and Perez were the only two Panthers to play the full 90 minutes.
In goal, Francis finished with five saves and Shore registered one save.
Traditionally a top-25 program and consistent NCAA Tournament team, William & Mary took a 1-0 lead just one minute prior to halftime when Adrienne Maday's corner kick got past Francis and found the net. The Tribe scored its second goal in the 71st minute when Emory Camper lofted a shot over Pitt goalkeeper Shore after receiving a pass from Aly Shaughnessy. William & Mary managed 16 total shots, including eight on goal.
PITT WOMEN'S SOCCER ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
It was announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday that Pitt will play three matches on national television: at North Carolina (Oct. 12), vs. Louisville (Oct. 23) and vs. Clemson (Oct. 26). All three matches will be televised nationally on ESPN3.com.
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PITT PERSONALITY PROFILES
00 Taylor Francis
What do you have in your backpack right now? Protein bars and pens.
What is your major, why did you choose it? Biology because I like science.
What do you like most about the city of Pittsburgh? The skyline because it's so pretty.
How often do you tweet per day? I only retweet!
If you could play another sport besides soccer, it would be? Tennis, because I used to be a beast!
Who is your loudest teammate? Jackie Poucel.
Who is your funniest teammate and why? Kenz.
What is your favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh, why? Go on Forbes and people watch!
What is your dream vacation? A trip to Europe for three years!
Favorite post-game snack or meal? Pizza.
If you could travel back in time you would? Go back to sixth grade and change the hideous outfits I wore.
Best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Britney Spears.
What do you do in your free time? Sleep and Netflix.
15 JoJo Chryst
What is the best thing about Pitt? The Milkshake Factory!
What is the best thing about playing on the Pitt women's soccer team? Get to play soccer with my best friends.
Which teammate is the best dancer? Taylor Pryce can bust a move!
Last book you read? The Hunger Games Series.
How many siblings do you have? Older sister Katy, who I played soccer with in high school and younger brother Danny, who also plays soccer.
Favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh? Go to Pitt Football games.
What was your greatest moment in athletics? Winning the state title in high school.
What is your dream vacation? Up North Wisconsin.
Who is your hero and why? My dad, he is such a hard worker.
Favorite thing to do on campus? Get ice cream.
Best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Winnie the Pooh.
What do you do you in your free time? Spend as much time with my family.
3 Alex Charlebois
What is your major and why did you choose it? Finance.
If you could play another sport besides soccer, it would be? Why? Ski racing, I raced until grade 10 and now I am a level 2 coach.
Who has made the biggest impact in your soccer career? My parents because they're my biggest fans/supporters.
Where do you see yourself in 15 years from now? Working in Toronto or California!
What is your favorite thing to do in Pittsburgh? Why? Southside!
If you had any superpower, what would you choose and why? Teleportation.
How often do you tweet per day? Twice a month!
What is your dream vacation? Greece or Australia next year!
What is the first job you ever had? Ski racing coach at Boler Mountain.
How many pairs of shoes do you own? A lot, I'm obsessed with shoes.
Favorite thing to do on campus? Razzy Fresh!
Best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Grapes.
Favorite sports figure: Bode Miller!
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