VILLANOVA (4-6-2, 2-2-0 Big East) at PITT (5-7-1, 0-3-1 Big East)
Friday, September 28, 2012 7 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Radio: live on 92.1-FM, WPTS/Pitt Student Radio (Corey Eisenberg).
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 1st year at Pitt; Villanova: John Byford, 5th year at Villanova.
Series: Pitt and Villanova meet for the 14th time in series history. Villanova owns a 9-3-3 all-time record vs. the Panthers. Villanova defeated Pitt in the 2011 matchup, 3-1.
Pitt (5-7-1) continues Big East play against Villanova (4-6-1) on Friday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt is 3-9-3 all-time against Villanova, including a 3-1 loss to the Wildcats in 2011. Pitt is in its 17th all-time season of women's soccer and its first under head coach Greg Miller.
With its five non conference wins, Pitt tied a program record for the most non conference victories in a season. It also registered five wins in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
All five of Pitt's victories have come after trailing or being tied in each of its respective contests. In addition, Pitt has been in every game and lost only two games by more than one goal.
Two Pitt players rank among Big East statistical leaders (as of Sept. 24, 2012). Midfielder Roosa Arvasis tied for first in assists (seven) and ranks fifth in assists per game (0.54). Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostinoranks second in saves (59) and sixth in saves per game (4.54). She also ranks ninth in shutouts (2.0).
Defender Morgan Sharick leads the team with four goals. All four goals have come on corner kicks. Midfielder Roosa Arvasleads the squad in assists (seven) and is tied with Morgan Sharick in points (nine).
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.
On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, senior forward Ashley Cuba (50 points) set the Pitt career points record, which was previously held by Cande Ruiz, with a first half goal against Robert Morris. 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 currently has 23 career goals, including two this season.
PITT'S WEEK IN REVIEW
Pitt moves to 5-7-1 on the year after back-to-back losses to Notre Dame (2-1) and DePaul (4-0). Last Friday, Pitt trailed Notre Dame 2-0 but battled back when senior forward Ashley Cubascored Pitt's lone goal of the match, but it wasn't enough for the Panthers. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostinofinished the game with seven saves in 90 minutes of action.
On Sunday, Pitt was unable to hold off DePaul in a 4-0 loss. Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostinomade five first half saves to keep the teams tied at 0-0. DePaul took control of the match in the second period, scoring all four goals in the second half. Three of their four goals were within five minutes of each other.
Villanova will travel to Pitt after a coming off a split last weekend. The Wildcats posted dramatic 2-1 double overtime loss to Connecticut. They currently rank in fifth place in the Big East's National Division.
Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich returned to the squad last weekend after representing the United States in the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. She helped lead Team USA to a 1-0 win over Germany as it captured the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup title. Kranich posted a combined for seven saves in her first two games back at Villanova.