Oct. 13, 2012
PROVIDENCE (8-7-1, 3-5-0 Big East) at PITT (6-10-2, 1-6-2 Big East)
Sunday, October 14, 2012 1 p.m. ET
Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex Pittsburgh, Pa.
Internet Broadcast/Live Stats: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
Coaches: Pitt: Greg Miller, 1st year at Pitt; Providence: Jim McGirr, 8th year at Providence.
Series: Pitt and Providence meet for the 12th time in series history and for the final time in Big East history. Pitt owns a 6-4-2 all-time record vs. the Friars.
Pitt (6-10-2) will end Big East play against Providence (8-7-1) on Sunday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Pitt is 6-4-2 all-time against Connecticut. Pitt is in its 17th all-time season of women's soccer and its first under head coach Greg Miller. This game marks Pitt's final Big East Conference match and final contest of the year.
All six 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. 12, 2012). Midfielder Roosa Arvas is tied for second in assists (seven) and ranks ninth in assists per game (0.39). Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino ranks second in saves (84) and sixth in saves per game (4.67).
Defender Morgan Sharick and forward Alex Charlebois lead the Panthers with four goals apiece. All of Sharick's goals have come on corner kicks. Charlebois scored two of her four goals against Connecticut on Thursday. Midfielder Roosa Arvas leads the squad in both assists (seven) and points (13).
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 coach Greg Miller is in his first season at Pitt. He was named the school's third 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.
TODAY MARKS SENIOR DAY FOR PITT'S FOUR SENIORS
Abby Baldys- A defender, Baldys has played in 70 games and started 69 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 33 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 NOTCHES FIRST BIG EAST WIN
A late scoring surge gave Pitt a 2-1 decision over Connecticut Thursday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Alex Charlebois connected on two goals in the game's final 13 minutes to give first year head coach Greg Miller and the Panthers their first Big East win of the year. Charlebois scored both goals on through balls, receiving the first from defender Morgan Sharick. Connecticut's goalie charged at the ball but Charlebois was able to settle it and place the ball into the net.
The Huskies tied the game at 1-1 in the 86th minute as Riley Houle picked up a loose ball and scored. Pitt Goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino got a hand on the shot but batted it up into the top of the net. Pitt won the game when Charlebois recieved her second throughball of the night from Alyssa Meier. Charlebois contained the ball and put a shot into the lower left side of the net to give the Panthers a 2-1 win.
Providence travels to Pitt after losing to South Florida last Sunday (1-0). USF scored the game winning goal with only 2:37 left in regulation when Olivia Chance dribbled the ball for 10 yards into PC territory before taking a shot from 20-yards out. The ball fround the upper right corner of the net.
In a midseason poll generated by topdrawersoccer.com, Providence freshman Catherine Zimmerman ranked No. 36 out of the top-100 women's soccer freshmen in the nation. She is the Friars' leading scorer with seven and has 15 points on the year.