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ROBERT MORRIS (1-1-0, 0-0-0 NEC) AT PITT (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ACC)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET

Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex • Pittsburgh, Pa. • Admission: FREE!



Internet Broadcast/Live Stats:

Radio: None.

Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 3rd year at Pitt; Robert Morris: John Kowalski, 10th year at RMU.

Series: Pitt and Robert Morris meet for the 10th time in women's soccer. Pitt holds a 6-2-1 advantage in the series with wins in two of the last three games. The two schools tied last year's matchup in double overtime, 1-1.



PITTSBURGH--Pitt (1-1-0) hosts Robert Morris (1-1-0) at Ambrose Urbanic Field for its third match of the 2014 season on Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m.

Pitt is in 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. 

Following this evening's match, Pitt travels to Toledo to take on the Rockets on Friday, Aug. 29 (5 p.m.), then returns home to host Washington on Sunday, Aug. 31 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.



Despite dropping a 1-0 loss to Duquesne in the 105th minute of double overtime on Sunday, Pitt claimed the Steel City Classic title because of goal differential. Pitt's goal differential was plus-2 goals, a two-goal margin ahead of both Robert Morris and Duquesne. 

Before Duquesne's Caroline Lacy scored the golden goal in the 105th minute, Pitt maintained possession for the majority of the match, outshot Duquesne 15-6 and managed eight corner kicks to DU's zero. 

In Pitt's 3-0 shutout victory over Akron on Friday night, four Pitt freshmen registered seven of the Panthers' 10 total points. Junior Roosa Arvas scored the game-winning goal in the match's eighth minute on an assist from freshman Ashley Moreira. Freshman Seyla Perez gave Pitt a 2-0 lead on a header off an Arvas corner kick in the 40th minute. Pitt took a commanding 3-0 lead in the 48th minute when freshman Taylor Pryce received a through ball from Moreira, dribbled twice and hit a shot past the Akron goalkeeper. Freshman Hanna Hannesdottir also assisted on the play.

Pitt outshot Akron 15-1.



Four Pitt Panthers earned all-tournament honors this past weekend, including senior co-captain Jackie Poucel, junior Roosa Arvas and freshmen Seyla Perez and Ashley Moreira.



Robert Morris head coach John Kowalski is the father of Pitt women's soccer student manager Kaylene Kowalski.



•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. 

•Senior Jackie Poucel and sophomore Siobhan McDonough are serving as team captains. 

•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.


For more information and additional Pitt women's soccer coverage, follow @pittwsoccer on twitter and PittWomensSoccer on facebook.



14 • Hanna Hannesdottir

What attracted you to play soccer at the University of Pittsburgh?

    Coaches and the environment. I just loved Pitt when I first visited.

What is the best thing about playing on the Pitt women's soccer team?

    The team and how well we get along.

Who has made the biggest impact on your career and why?

    My dad, because I wouldn't be where I am today without him.

Which teammate of yours is the best dancer? Jackie Poucel

How many siblings do you have?

    Older sister, used to play soccer, my younger brother still plays.

Who is the funniest person you follow on Twitter?

    Malea Fabean

Favorite postgame snack or meal? Pasta

Who is your hero and why?

    My mom, she is the strongest women I know.

Which Pitt sporting event will you or do you attend as a fan?

    I will attend football, basketball, men's soccer and maybe other sports.


33 • Riliegh McHugh

What do you have in your backpack?

    Protein bars and pens.

Who has made the biggest impact in your soccer career? Why?

    My father, he was my coach until college.

Why did you choose your major?

    Communications. I really like to talk.

Favorite TV show or TV character?

    Game of Thrones, I'm a huge nerd, Tyrion!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

    Flawless, by Beyonce, no explanation needed.

What was your greatest moment in athletics? My first collegiate goal.

If you had any superpower, what would you choose and why?

    Resistant to fatigue, so I can pass my fitness test!

If you could travel back in time, you would...

    Go to ancient Egypt, be besties with Cleopatra.

If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it?

    I can't be trusted with money, I'd give it to my parents

Favorite sports figure? Why?

    Johnny Manziel, we would be good friends.


2 • Emma Pozzulo

What is your major?


What is the best thing about Pitt?

    Pitt has both high standards in academics as well as athletics.

What is your favorite movie? Why?

    Definitely Bridesmaids.

Favorite TV show or TV character?

    Reign or Game of Thrones

How many siblings do you have?

    Older sibling Jessica, she plays in a women's league.

What do you like most about the city of Pittsburgh? Why?

    I like that there is almost always some thing to do, you're never bored. Also, that it is a sports town.

What is your dream vacation?

    Going to Italy for eating, sightseeing and going to the beach.

Favorite postgame snack or meal?

    Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich with a banana in it.

If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it?

    I would buy property in all my favorite countries and travel there with my private jet.

What do you do in your free time?

     I love to cook and bake.

Women's Soccer Hosts Robert Morris on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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