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No. 6 NORTH CAROLINA (8-2-0, 2-2-0 ACC) AT PITT (4-5-1, 0-4-0 ACC)
Thursday, September 26, 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; North Carolina: Anson Dorrance (35th season).
Series: Pitt and North Carolina meet for the first time in women's soccer today. Pitt is playing the nation's No. 6 ranked team for the third time in school history. Pitt is 0-2-0 all-time vs. the nation's No. 6 ranked team.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (4-5-1, 0-4-0 ACC) hosts No. 6 ranked North Carolina (8-2-0, 2-2-0 ACC) for its fifth Atlantic Coast Conference match on Thursday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET. 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.
Pitt played its fourth ACC regular season game on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-1 to No. 1 ranked Virginia at home. North Carolina defeated Miami 4-0 on Sunday.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA
Defending national champion North Carolina, currently the nation's No. 6 ranked team, enters the match with a record of 8-2-0. The Tar Heels travel to Pittsburgh fresh off a 4-0 ACC road win Sunday against Miami. The Tar Heels are coached by Anson Dorrance, who is in his 35th year with the team. Under Dorrance, North Carolina as won 22 national championships, including 21 NCAA Tournament crowns, 20 ACC Tournament Championships and 20 regular-season ACC titles.
The preseason No. 1 pick, North Carolina returns eight of its 11 starters from its 2012 national championship team including forward Crystal Dunn and midfielder Kealia Ohai, who were both named to the preseason All-America Team.
Roosa Arvas leads Pitt in points (six) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (two) with Alex Charlebois. Four other Panthers have totaled goals including Morgan Sharick, Jessica Marini, Emily Pietrangelo and Dana DelleFemine.
Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino has notched three shutouts in 10 matches. The redshirt junior owns a 1.23 goals against average and has made 50 saves in 880 minutes of action. She ranks among ACC goalkeepers in several statistics including leading the league in saves with 50. She also ranks in saves per game, shutouts and save percentage.
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.
PITT DROPS 3-1 CONTEST TO NO. 1 VIRGINIA
For 15 minutes, Pitt led the nation's top ranked women's soccer team, but in the end fell to No. 1 Virginia 3-1 Sunday at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
Pitt took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when senior Dana DelleFemine scored on a breakaway through ball from sophomore Roosa Arvas. DelleFemine made two touches to her left and sent a shot into the lower left portion of the net for her first goal of the year.
Virginia tied the score at 1-1 in the 27th minute when Morgan Brian scored on a shot to the lower left portion of the net. Virginia scored the go-ahead goal in the 57th minute on the first of Makenzy Doniak's two scores. Five minutes later, Doniak scored her second goal and gave Virginia 3-1 lead when she fired a scoring strike from 22-yards out at the 61:34 mark.
Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino tied a career-high with 10 saves in the contest. It was her second consecutive game with 10 saves as she reached that mark at Clemson last Thursday.
Pitt will play another top-10 nationally ranked team this Sunday when the Panthers make the trip to South Bend to take on No. 5 ranked Notre Dame (7-1-0, 3-0-0 ACC). The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.