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Pitt Women Open Preseason With 2-0 Win over #23 Ohio St

From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Dept Release
PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s soccer team opened the 2016 season Thursday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over No. 23 Ohio State in exhibition play at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Arielle Fernandez and Sarah Krause tallied the goals for Pitt as senior goalie Taylor Francis earned the win in the three 30-minute periods.
The game remained scoreless through the first period, as Ohio State closed out the first 30 minutes of action with two good chances in the left corner of the cage as the Panthers came up with a block and a Francis save to hold the Buckeyes off the score sheet.
Pitt got on the board first in the second period as Fernandez took a pass from Bel Van Noorden and tucked the ball into the top left corner of the net.
The Panthers would add an insurance goal just minutes later as Krause converted on a free kick on the left side, giving the home team a 2-0 advantage. 
The third period remained quiet as neither team would score again and Pitt walked away with a 2-0 decision.
Earning the win, Francis made four saves on four shots on goal, as Ohio State registered eight total shots. Pitt wrapped the contest up with seven shots, six on goal, forcing the Buckeye goalie to make four saves. 
The win was the first of two preseason games for the Panthers as they will travel to Lexington, KY, on Aug. 13 for a 7 p.m. meeting with Kentucky.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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