SYRACUSE, N.Y.--The Pitt women's soccer team travels to both Syracuse and St. John's this week for respective matches. Pitt plays at Syracuse on Thursday, Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) and at St. John's on Sunday, Oct. 7 (1 p.m.).
Pitt still has an opportunity to qualify for the Big East Conference Tournament. Pitt enters its week with a 5-9-1 overall record and 0-5-1 Big East slate. The Panthers are currently in seventh place in the Big East American Division.
"We've had a good week of practice," Pitt head coach Greg Miller said. "We've got to go on the road and figure out how to get some points to try get into the Big East Tournament. We need to try to tweak a little bit of our soccer in order to get more scoring opportunities. We just aren't generating enough scoring chances. We've got to do whatever it takes to try to get some points wherever we can."
In the Big East's latest statistics report, Pitt ranks second in the league in saves per game (4.67). Individually, Roosa Arvas ranks tied for first in assists (seven) and fifth in assists per game (0.47) while goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino rates second in saves (65) and sixth in saves per game (4.33).
Pitt is the next match for both Syracuse and St. John's. Syracuse is ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA Northeast Regional rankings and owns a 4-1-1 Big East record and 7-4-2 overall record. The Orange has won three straight matches including wins over Cincinnati (1-0), Seton Hall (3-1) and Rutgers (1-0 in double overtime).
St. John's is 6-7-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the Big East. Goalkeeper Ellen Conway was named Big East Rookie of the Week. The Red Storm will enter its match against Pitt on a two-game win streak with wins over Rutgers (1-0) and Seton Hall (4-0).
Four matches remain for the Panthers including two home games next weekend at Ambrose Urbanic Field against both Connecticut on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and vs. Providence on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.