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Pitt Women Open West Coast Trip With 4-0 Loss to UC Santa Barbara

From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department report
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team opened up its two-game California roadtrip Friday evening, falling to UC Santa Barbara 4-0 under the lights at Harder Stadium.
“This was a disappointing effort from our group tonight,” said head coach Greg Miller. “We had too many preventable lapses in the first half that put the game out of reach. When you give up a goal 45 seconds into the game, it really takes a great deal away from you when all you’re trying to do is get off to a good start. 
“Our group had a much more resilient and positive second half with signs of promise, but we failed to put pressure on them by not converting our chances. UCSB is a good team and deserves all the credit.”
The Panthers got down early as Santa Barbara took a 1-0 lead just seconds into the contest. A cross from Mallory Hromatko left the goal wide open for Chace Schornstein as the Gauchos took the advantage.
The Gauchos would extend their lead 18 minutes later as a misplayed ball in front of the next left things open for Hromatko to give Santa Barbara a 2-0 lead.
A cross pass from Dakota Griggs would result in a header goal for Amanda Ball as the Gauchos took a 3-0 lead into the break.
The Gauchos would seal the game in the second half, as Ball converted on a penalty kick, giving Santa Barbara a 4-0 victory.
With the loss, Pitt falls to 1-3-1 on the season. They will return to action on Sunday, taking on UC Irvine at 7:30 p.m. ET.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. 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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