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BOSTON COLLEGE (3-2-0, 0-0-0 ACC) at PITT (4-1-1, 0-0-0 ACC)
Thursday, September 12, 2013 7 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers Television/ESPN3 (Pete Blais and Bob Orkwis; Producer: Marsha Opacic).
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com; ESPN3.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 2nd year at Pitt; Boston College: Alison Foley, 17th year at BC.
Series: Pitt and Boston College meet for the sixth time in women's soccer history. Both schools are former Big East rivals. Boston College owns a 5-0-0 advantage in a series which began on Oct. 11, 1997.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (4-1-1) hosts Boston College (3-2-0) for its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference match on Thursday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN3 and locally on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Channel 188 or 210 locally in the Pittsburgh area).
Pitt is in its 18th all-time season of women's soccer and its second under head coach Greg Miller. The 2013 season marks the inaugural year in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Pitt women's soccer program. According to the NSCAA preseason coaches' poll, Pitt will play eight games against nationally ranked teams this year.
At 4-1-1, Pitt is off to its best start to a season in women's soccer program history following six games. Pitt also began the 2006 season with a 4-1-1 record. Already, the Panthers have registered four shutouts and allowed only three goals on the season. In addition, Pitt has not been scored on in a home match this season, notching three shutouts in three home games at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College enters Thursday's match with a 3-2-0 record. BC is among teams earning votes in this week's NSCAA coaches' poll. The Eagles are on a two-game win streak after defeating No. 21 Ohio State 1-0 on Sept. 5 and Hofstra, 6-5 in overtime on Sept. 1. Boston College also lost in overtime to No. 2 Stanford (2-1), defeated Boston U. (1-0) and lost to Connecticut (1-0).
Boston College is led by McKenzie Meehan, who leads the team with five goals and 10 points and Stephanie McCaffery (two goals, five assists, nine points).
Roosa Arvas leads Pitt in points (six) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (two) with Alex Charlebois. Three other Panthers have totaled goals including Morgan Sharick, Jessica Marini and Emily Pietrangelo.
Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino has notched four shutouts in six matches. The redshirt junior owns a 0.50 goals against average and has made 23 saves in 537:53 minutes of action. She leads the ACC in overall saves and ranks second in saves per game, shutouts and save percentage. At 6-feet tall, D'Agostino is one of four ACC goalkeepers 6-feet or taller.
Already, Pitt has scored three goals off corner kicks in the early going this season. Morgan Sharick headed in a Katie Lippert corner to defeat Toledo 1-0 and Alex Charlebois has totaled two off assists from Roosa Arvas, who has taken 29 corners on the year.
Pitt's roster is comprised of 11 freshmen. Several are already playing key roles on the squad. Siobhan McDonough, Ella Vanhanen, Jaci Brown, Kaila Jenkins and Carly Seneca have made starts, while several others-Emily Pietrangelo, Jessica Marini, JoJo Chryst, Arielle Fernandez and Taylor Francis have seen action. Seneca and Marci Carter have both been sidelined with injuries.
Pitt coach Greg Miller is in his second 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 berths.
Defensive efficiency has been the key to Pitt's early-season success as the Panthers have registered four shutouts and allowed just three goals on the year.
PITT CONCLUDES NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 1-0 WIN OVER TOLEDO
Fueled by a Morgan Sharick goal in the 42nd minute and a stellar defensive effort, the Pitt women's soccer team completed its non-conference schedule Friday with a 1-0 win over Toledo. Sharick headed in the game-winning score on a corner kick from senior Katie Lippert at the 41:55 mark. Lippert placed the ball perfectly to the far post and Sharick met it cleanly and drove it home for her fifth career goal. Sharick, who set a school record with four corner kick goals last season (4), notched her first score of the year.
PITT-BOSTON COLLEGE MATCH PROMOTIONS
Pitt is entertaining three different promotions this evening at Ambrose Urbrose Field: Dollar Dog Night, Pitt Staff Night (free admission for any Pitt staff member) and Soccer Camp Reunion Night.