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PITT WOMEN'S SOCCER GAME 3
ROBERT MORRIS (0-1-0, 0-0-0 NEC) at PITT (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Big East)
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 7 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers TV (Comcast Ch. 188 or 210) with James Libby and Cande Ruiz-Bradbury. Airs on Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 1st year at Pitt (1-1-0), Robert Morris: John Kowalksi, 12th year at RMU (67-128-12).
Series: Pitt and Robert Morris meet for the eighth time in series history. Pitt owns a 5-2-0 all-time record vs. the Colonials. The two teams meet for the first time since the 2003 season, a 4-0 Pitt win.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (1-1-0) hosts Robert Morris (0-1-0) in its 2012 home debut on Wednesday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET. New head coach Greg Miller is in his first season as head coach and will lead the Panthers in his first home game at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt is in its 17th all-time season of women's soccer.
Head coach Greg Miller makes his home debut on Wednesday. Miller has guided the Panthers to a 1-1-0 start on the young season. He was named Pitt's third all-time head coach on January 1, 2012. Miller joins the Panthers after spending 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 berths.
Pitt returns 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2-13-4 team.
Pitt's top three offensive returnees combined for 11 total goals last season: Ashley Cuba (eight goals), Dana DelleFemine and Katie Lippert.
On defense, Pitt returns three key veterans including Caroline Keefer, Alyssa Meier and Abby Baldys.
Ashley Cuba RECORD WATCH
Senior forward Ashley Cuba (46 points) needs just one more point to tie Pitt's career points record held by Cande Ruiz. Ruiz concluded her career with 47 points from 1998-2001. Last year, Cuba set the school's career goals record with her 21st score. She broke the record held by Ashley Habbel (19 from 2006-09) and originally held by Ruiz (18 from 1999-2001). An All-Big East Third Team selection last year, Cuba has led the Panthers in scoring in each of the last three seasons.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS
Robert Morris enters its second match of the year following a 1-0 overtime loss at Eastern Kentucky on Sunday. RMU was picked to finished eighth in the 2012 NEC Preseason Coaches' poll. The Colonials return 14 letterwinners from an 11-8-1 team, their best season in school history. Ayana Davis ranks second all-time in school history in both career goals (27) and career points (58). Haley Vincent was an NEC All-Rookie Team selection last year.
PITT'S WEEKLY RECAP
Pitt opened its 2012 season with two road games in Michigan last weekend. In Friday's season opener, the Panthers came from behind to defeat Eastern Michigan 2-1, then dropped a 1-0 Sunday decision at Michigan. Against Eastern Michigan, defender Morgan Sharick broke a 1-1 tie with her first career goal in the game's 69th minute. Assisted by Jackie Poucel and Roosa Arvas, Sharick's goal gave the Panthers a commanding 2-1 lead after they trailed 1-0 on an EMU score in the sixth minute. Sophomore transfer Riliegh McHugh tied the game at 1-1 when she rolled a shot past the EMU goalkeeper in the 34th minute. Pitt outshot EMU 19-6 in the contest.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino registered a career-high nine saves in the 1-0 loss at Michigan. Through the game's first 81 minutes, the two teams played to a scoreless 0-0 tie before Michigan's Christina Ordonez gave the hosts the lead. Pitt had several opportunities to score in the game. Michigan outshot Pitt 18-10.
Nicole D'Agostino NAMED PITT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Sophomore goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino was named Pitt's Athlete of the Week on August 20. In two matches and 180 minutes of weekly game action, D'Agostino finished with a 1.00 goals against average and made 11 saves. Prior to her two starts this season, D'Agostino had previously seen action in five games and two starts. Ashley Cuba was named the school's first Athlete of the Week on August 13.
PITT COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL SPRING WITH 4-2 RECORD
Pitt finished up its first spring season under new head coach Greg Miller with a 4-2 record and three shutouts. The slate included wins over 2011 NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant Maryland, California, Pa., Duquesne and St. Bonaventure. The two losses were to nationally ranked foes West Virginia and Ohio State.