Pitt (4-6-1, 0-4-0 ACC) vs Miami (4-6-2, 1-3-0)
Pitt returns to Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday, hosting Miami in an ACC showdown.
The Panthers return home after a tough road trip, where they fell in a trio of league matchups. Pitt dropped nationally-ranked matches to North Carolina and NC State before being edged out by a strong Virginia Tech team Sunday afternoon.
Offensively, freshman Anna Rico leads the team on the season, tallying six points in nine games. The rookie has found the back of the net three times on the year. Fellow freshman Madeline Gravante has scored two goals, while four other Panthers have scored once.
Freshman keeper Katherine Robinson made her second consecutive start and third of the season Sunday against the Hokies, tallying six saves in the loss. She has made 19 saves on the season in 286:20 minutes of action. Redshirt sophomore Amaia Pena has started eight contents, appearing in 10, tallying 42 saves with a .750 save percentage.
Miami is coming off a 1-0 victory over ACC foe Syracuse as the Hurricanes recorded their first league victory of the season. Miami opened ACC play with three straight losses to Clemson, Duke and Virginia Tech before emerging victorious over the Orange.
Offensively, Gudrun Haralz leads the team with four goals and a pair of assists, tallying 10 points in her freshman season. Miami has scored 14 goals on the year with eight different hurricanes finding the back of the net, including three players with two goals.
Redshirt junior Phallon Tullis-Joyce has made the start in all 12 games, tallying 1115:04 minutes of action. She has accumulated 41 saves on the season and owns a .707 save percentage.
THE SERIES WITH MIAMI
This will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two teams in a series dating back to the 1999 season. The Hurricanes own a 5-2-0 all-time advantage including a mark of 2-1-0 in Pittsburgh.
In the last meeting, Miami captured a 3-0 victory on its home turf. The last time the two teams met at Ambrose Urbanic Field, the Panthers emerged victorious, capturing a 1-0 overtime victory with a penalty kick goal.
Of the remaining six games on Pitt’s schedule, three will be against nationally-ranked teams. Of those three teams ranked nationally, all three rank in the top-15 and a pair check in in the top-10.
FRESHMEN FOOTING THE LOAD
First year players have made quite the impact for the Panthers in 2018, as the freshmen have tallied six of the team’s nine goals this year. A pair of freshmen in Anna Rico (3) and Madeline Gravante (2) are the only pair of Panthers to have tallied multiple goals on the season.
The Panthers check in at No. 117 in the most recent RPI rankings. Of Pitt’s remaining six games, four teams rank in the top 40 – Florida State (5), Virginia (17), Boston College (21) and Notre Dame (33).