Aug. 25, 2012
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DUQUESNE (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic-10) at PITT (3-1-0, 0-0-0 Big East)
Sunday, August 26, 2012 1 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 1st year at Pitt (3-1-0), Duquesne: Al Alvine, 1st year at Duquesne (0-2-0).
Series: Pitt and Duquesne meet for the ninth time in series history. Pitt owns a 6-2-0 all-time record vs. the Dukes. The two teams meet for the first time since the 2004 season, a 4-1 Pitt win.
Pitt (3-1-0) hosts Duquesne (0-2-0) in its fifth game of the 2012 women's soccer campaign Sunday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Located just two miles apart, the two rivals meet for the first time in eight seasons. The last time Pitt and Duquesne played in women's soccer was on September 3, 2004, a 4-1 Pitt victory at Founders Field. Pitt is in its 17th all-time season of women's soccer and in its first under new head coach Greg Miller.
At 3-1-0, Pitt is off to its best start in three seasons. Currently on a two-game win streak, Pitt has already won more games in four contests than it did in 19 games last year.
Pitt will play its third match in five days. The Panthers defeated Robert Morris 2-1 in their home opener at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Wednesday, then registered a 2-1 victory at St. Bonaventure on Friday evening. Duquesne, meanwhile, last played on Wednesday.
All three of Pitt's victories have come after trailing or being tied in each of its respective contests.
Pitt has scored three of its six goals off corner kicks this season. Morgan Sharick has two of those goals, Dana DelleFemine has one and Roosa Arvas has three corner kick assists.
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 four key veterans including Caroline Keefer, Alyssa Meier, Morgan Sharick and Abby Baldys.
Pitt head coach Greg Miller is in his first season at Pitt. He was named the school'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.
Ashley Cuba SETS CAREER POINTS AND GOALS RECORDS
With a first half goal against Robert Morris on Wednesday, senior forward Ashley Cuba (48 points) set the Pitt career points record, which was previously 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 and has 22 career goals.
Duquesne will play its third match of the year following back-to-back losses to St. Francis, Pa. (2-0) and Youngstown State (1-0). First-year coach Al Alvine welcomes back eight starters and 15 letterwinners from a team that finished 3-14-1 overall and 2-7-0 in the Atlantic-10 last year. Duquesne has not scored a goal in its first two matches this year.
PITT'S WEEK IN REVIEW
Pitt improved to 3-1-0 with a 2-1 road win at St. Bonaventure on Friday evening. Both goals came off corner kicks. Dana DelleFemine scored the game winning goal with two minutes left in the game. DelleFemine tapped in the game-winner at the 87:49 mark when Roosa Arvas' corner kick was deflected by Morgan Sharick. In the 52nd minute, Sharick headed in Pitt's first goal on a corner kick from Arvas. Sharick finished the game with a goal and an assist and Arvas registered two assists. Pitt outshot St. Bonaventure 16-5 and finished with eight corner kicks to the Bonnies' four.
Pitt registered a 2-1 Wednesday win over Robert Morris in its regular season home opener at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Alex Charlebois' header goal in the 70th minute broke a 1-1 tie and gave Pitt the win. Charlebois' goal was assisted by Roosa Arvas and Kari Cunard. Pitt outshot RMU 17-6 and controlled play for the majority of the game. Senior Ashley Cuba scored her first goal of the year and set Pitt's career points record when her cross was redirected into the net by a RMU defender in the 34th minute. RMU tied the contest at 1-1 when Katie Austin's throw-in crossed the goal line in the 63rd minute.