Oct. 5, 2013
Syracuse (4-7-1, 0-5-1 ACC) at PITT (4-7-1, 0-6-0 ACC)
Sunday, October 6, 2013 1 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 2nd year at Pitt; Syracuse: Phil Wheddon, 6th year at SU.
Series: Pitt and Syracuse meet for the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The two schools play for the 16th time in women's soccer since 1996. Pitt is 3-9-3 all-time vs. Syracuse and 2-3-1 vs. the Orange in matches played in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH--Pitt (4-7-1, 0-6-0 ACC) hosts long time rival Syracuse (4-7-1, 0-5-1 ACC) for the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference play on Sunday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.
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.
Following a week off, Pitt gets back into action after playing its sixth ACC regular season contest last Sunday, falling 3-0 to No. 5 ranked Notre Dame in South Bend. Syracuse travels to Pittsburgh after falling 1-0 to Wake Forest this past Sunday.
Syracuse enters the match with a record of 4-7-1. The Orange travel to Pittsburgh following a 1-0 ACC loss Sunday to Wake Forest. Syracuse is coached by Phil Wheddon, who is known for his work with the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams. Wheddon helped guide the United States to consecutive gold medals, including a 2008 win in Beijing. He has helped train numerous goalkeepers including Hope Solo.
Wheddon also trained Syracuse's Brittany Anghel, the 2012 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. The senior is back in goal this season for the Orange. Syracuse also returns three of its top five scorers from last season.
*Roosa Arvas leads Pitt in points (seven) and ranks tied for the team lead in goals (two), along 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 12 matches. The redshirt junior owns a 1.36 goals against average and has made 70 saves in 1060 minutes of action. She ranks among ACC goalkeepers in several statistics including leading the league in saves (70) and saves per game (5.83). She also ranks in shutouts (7th), shutouts per game (10th) and save percentage (5th).
*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 3-0 CONTEST TO NO. 5 NOTRE DAME
The Pitt women's soccer team played its third consecutive top-10 ranked opponent on Sept. 29 as No. 5 Notre Dame handed the visiting Panthers a 3-0 loss.
Notre Dame went up 1-0 in the 19th minute when Lauren Bohaboy scored on a rebound shot from two yards out. That was all Notre Dame could produce in the first half as the Fighting Irish finished the period with 16 shots. Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead just 49 seconds into the second half when Roccaro's shot from 20 yards out sailed under the crossbar and into the net.
Notre Dame added an insurance goal in the 64th minute when Mandy Laddish scored on a low drive from the top of the box that hit inside the left post.
Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino made 10 saves for the fourth consecutive match. She made seven saves in the first half alone when the Irish finished with 16 shots.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Pitt will take to the road next week for two more ACC matches, both of which will be played in Florida. Next Thursday, the Panthers make the trip to Miami (6-4-0, 1-4-0 ACC). The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. The Panthers will then travel north to Tallahasee to take on Florida State (10-0-3, 5-0-2 ACC) on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.