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Pitt Women Fall to UC Irvine, Lose Twice on West Coast

IRVINE, Calif. – The University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team fell to UC Irvine by a score of 3-0 to conclude its California roadtrip Sunday evening at Anteater Stadium in Irvine, Calif.
Scoring opportunities were limited early in the first half, as UC Irvine was able to strike first in the 22nd minute. Following a free kick, a scramble on the left of the net would ensue and Kiana Palacious was able to put the ball behind goalkeeper Taylor Francis to give the Anteaters a 1-0 lead.
The Panther offense was able to muster just one shot in the first half, with nothing registered on goal as they trailed 1-0 at the break.
In the 49th minute, the Anteaters would extend their lead to 2-0 before posting the final goal of the game in the 86th minute to secure a 3-0 victory.
With the loss, Pitt falls to 1-4-1 on the season. Pitt will travel to Lawrence, Kan., for their final non-conference road battle of the season, taking on Kansas at 8 p.m. on Sept. 9. They’ll return to Ambrose Urbanic field to close out non-conference play on Sept. 11, hosting Kent State at 6 p.m. ACC action will follow on Sept. 19 as Pitt welcomes Louisville. 

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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