Oct. 10, 2012
CONNECTICUT (7-6-2, 3-3-1 Big East) at PITT (5-10-2, 0-6-2 Big East)
Thursday, October 11, 2012 7 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Television: Pitt Panthers Television (Tim McCoy and Cande Ruiz-Bradbury).
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 1st year at Pitt; Connecticut: Len Tsantiris, 32nd year at Connecticut.
Series: Pitt and Connecticut meet for the 14th time in series history. Connecticut owns an 11-2-0 all-time record vs. the Panthers.
Connecticut won the 2011 matchup, 1-0. Pitt (5-10-2) continues Big East play against Connecticut (7-6-2) on Thursday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt is 2-11-0 all-time against Connecticut. Pitt is in its 17th all-time season of women's soccer and its first under head coach Greg Miller.
All five of Pitt's victories have come after trailing or being tied in each of its respective contests. In addition, Pitt has lost only three games by more than one goal.
Two Pitt players rank among Big East statistical leaders (as of Oct. 8, 2012). Midfielder Roosa Arvas is tied for second in assists (seven) and ranks seventh in assists per game (0.41). Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino ranks second in saves (75) and sixth in saves per game (4.41).
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.
Pitt head coach Greg Miller is in his first season at Pitt. He was named the school's hird 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.
SUNDAY MARKS SENIOR DAY FOR PITT'S FOUR SENIORS
Abby Baldys- A defender, Baldys has played in 69 games and started 68 matches during her four-year career at Pitt. During her freshman season, she helped the backfield register a school record 10 shutouts. A two-time Big East Academic All-Star selection, Baldys was named to the Big East Honor Roll in 2010.
Danielle Benner- A Big East Academic All-Star, Benner has played in 32 games during her career at Pitt and notched her first goal as a Panther in a 6-1 win over St. John's in 2011. She will graduate with a communications degree and a minor in social work.
Ashley Cuba- Cuba is the Pitt program's all-time goals leader and points record holder. In her four-year career, she has scored 23 goals and registered 51 points passing former Pitt player Cande Ruiz for records. She was a member of the 2009 Big East All-Rookie Team and the 2011 All-Big East Third Team.
Kristina Rioux-A three-time Big East Academic All-Star selection, Rioux became a full-time starter in 2011. During the 2011 season, she played in 17 games with 15 starts. She has recorded 100 saves with a .763 save percentage. Rioux also ranked first in the Big East in saves and second in saves per game in 2011.
PITT TIES ST. JOHNS 2-2 IN DOUBLE OVERTIME
Pitt midfielder Roosa Arvas scored a career-high two goals as she led the Panthers to a 2-2 double overtime tie at St. John's on Sunday. Pitt trailed 1-0 after only 11 minutes of play, but Arvas capitalized not long after when she stole the ball from a St. John's defender and defeated the goalkeeper in a one-on-one. She tied the game at 1-1.
Arvas scored her second goal of the match in the 27th minute when she took advantage of a St. John's mistake and placed a quick shot into the net. Pitt held its lead the rest of the first half, but quickly gave up a goal in the first minute of the second half, making the score 2-2.
The score remained tied through the end of the match and through two overtimes. Both teams had opportunities to score but neither team was able to pull ahead. Pitt outshot St. John's 22-17 in the contest.
Connecticut travels to Pitt after tying No. 20 Marquette (1-1) in double overtime. The Huskies scored the game tying goal on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. Goalkeeper Jess Montrose finished the match with 10 saves, earning herself a place on the Big East Honor Roll.
Connecticut head coach Len Tsantiris is just two wins away from career win No. 500. His personal record stands at 498-169-50. The only other coach to have more victories nationally is North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance. Tsantiris holds the number two position.
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