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Pitt women wrap up unbeaten 4-game homestand with 2-1 win

Former Canon-McMillan standout Aideen O'Donoghue scored her first collegiate goal - (Photo - Pitt Athletics)

From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department report / Kelly Dumrauf

Pitt’s women’s soccer team remains unbeaten as its four-game homestand came to a close Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Jacksonville at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Pitt (3-0-1) saw a pair of players record their first career goals in the outing as both Aideen O’Donoghue and Dixon Veltri found the back of the net.

“We made the decision today to move Aideen [O’Donoghue] up front to start, we were just trying to find somebody else that has some hunger to score other than Anna [Rico],” Randy Waldrum, Pitt head coach, said.

“It was great for her to get it. Dixon [Veltri] obviously hitting a long range bomb there for us to win the game was crucial. We had a much better second half performance. We were not great at all in the first half and I was pretty unhappy with them at halftime in the locker room, but the second half was a much more inspired performance and created a lot more opportunities.”

Pitt took the lead in the 17th minute after O’Donoghue scored her first career goal on a cross from Taylor Pryce. Jacksonville, however would tie it up just over five minutes later as the two teams went into the half tied at 1-1.

The Panthers would secure the victory as a long range shot from Dixon Veltri rung off the crossbar and into the net, with Juliana Vazquez collecting the assist.

With the victory, Pitt wrapped up its four-game homestand without a loss, as the Panthers will gear up for a tough test in Texas this weekend, facing TCU Thursday and North Texas Sunday.

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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