AKRON (0-0-0) at PITT (0-0-0)
Steel City Women's Soccer Classic Friday, August 22, 2014 7:30 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
STEEL CITY CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, August 22
Robert Morris vs. Duquesne, 5 p.m., LIVE STATS
Pitt vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m., LIVE STATS
Sunday, August 24
Akron vs. Robert Morris, 11 a.m., LIVE STATS
Pitt vs. Duquesne, 1:30 p.m., LIVE STATS
All matches played at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex, admission is free!
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 3rd year at Pitt; Akron: Vernon Croft, 2nd year at UA.
Series: Pitt is 1-1-0 all-time vs. Akron. Pitt claimed a 2-1 home victory on Sept. 10, 2010 and dropped a 6-2 loss at Akron on Aug. 22, 2008.
Promotion: Pitt Soccer is partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank during the Steel City Classic. Help us reach our goal of 700 pounds of canned goods. Donation bins will be located at the entrance of Petersen Sports Complex both on August 22 and August 24.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt opens its 2014 regular season when it hosts Akron, Robert Morris and Duquesne for the four-match Steel City Classic this weekend (Aug. 22-24) at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
On Friday evening, the Panthers host Akron in the 7:30 p.m. match, while Robert Morris and Duquesne play in the opener at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Pitt plays Duquesne at 1:30 p.m., while Robert Morris and Akron play at 11 a.m. Pitt hosts a non-conference tournament for the first time since the 2011 season when the Panthers hosted the Pitt Soccer Classic.
Pitt begins its 19th all-time season of women's soccer and its third under head coach Greg Miller. The 2014 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 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 DEFEATS CENTRAL MICHIGAN 1-0 IN SECOND EXHIBITION GAME
The Pitt women's soccer team took advantage of a penalty kick goal by senior Riliegh McHugh to register a 1-0 exhibition game victory over Central Michigan last Saturday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The match marked Pitt's second exhibition game of the preseason.
McHugh's penalty kick goal came at the 57:59 mark. Her shot sailed into the net past Central Michigan goalkeeper Maddy Bunnell. Pitt was awarded the penalty kick after freshman Shaina Ashouri was fouled in the penalty box after receiving a crossing pass from freshman Taylor Pryce.
Pitt had numerous chances in score in the match as it outshot Central Michigan 22-5. Pitt also registered five corner kicks to CMU's four. In one sequence in the 53rd minute, sophomore Emily Pietrangelo and Ashley Moreira both fired shots that bounced off the post. In the first half, Moreira hit a high shot that was saved by Bunnell and Pryce had several opportunities to score. Pitt also finished with nine shots on goal, including two each from Moreira and Siobhan McDonough and one each from Ashouri, Courtney Coate, Emily Pietrangelo, Malea Fabean and McHugh.
Twenty-one Pitt Panthers saw action in the contest including two goalkeepers: sophomore Taylor Francis (first half) and freshman Margot Shore (second half). For the second consecutive exhibition game, six of Pitt's 11 starters were freshmen, including Emma Pozzulo, Taylor Pryce, Shaina Ashouri, Seyla Perez, Courtney Coate and Ashley Moreira. Freshman Seyla Perez was the only Panthers player to play the full 90 minutes. With just three seniors, two juniors and 23 sophomores and freshmen, Pitt is one of NCAA Division I's youngest women's soccer teams.
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 previously announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference 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.
FOLLOW PITT WOMEN'S SOCCER
For more information and additional Pitt women's soccer coverage, follow @pittwsoccer on twitter and PittWomensSoccer on facebook.
Pitt Women’s Soccer, Inside the Program
Pitt Downs Xavier 2-1 at Ambrose Urbanic
Panthers Close Out Homestand with Xavier
Colorado College Outlasts Pitt 1-0
Pitt Continues Homestand, Hosts Colorado College
Pitt Falls to Crosstown Rival Duquesne 2-0