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Lead slips away from Pitt women in disappointing 3-2 loss to Miami

Miami 3, Pitt 2

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From University of Pittsburgh athletic department report / Kelly Dumrauf

For one half, it sure looked like Pitt’s women’s soccer team were on its way to its first ACC win under new coach Randy Waldrum, but ultimately they fell short to Miami, 3-2, Thursday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

“We had a good first half,” said head coach Randy Waldrum. “We had control of the game at that point and it was just disappointing to see it slip away in the second half.”

The Panthers (4-7-1, 0-5-0 ACC) set the tone early in the first half as redshirt senior Ashley Moreira scored her second goal of the season in the 42nd minute. Sophomore Aideen O’Donoghue (Canon-McMillan) would extend the Panthers’ lead in the 44th frame, netting her second career goal.

Pitt would fumble coming out of the gate in the second half as the Hurricanes (5-6-2, 2-3-0 ACC) netted three to regain the lead. Freshman Gudrun Haralz would score all three of the Hurricanes’ goals, scoring in the 51st, 78th and 89th minutes.

O’Donoghue, Anna Rico and Mariona Segales led the Panthers with two shots apiece as Pitt attempted 10 shots, four on goal, in the game. Freshman keeper Katherine Robinson made her third start of the season, playing the first 45 minutes, tallying three saves. Amaia Pena would suffer the loss, making four saves in the second half.

The Panthers return to action Sunday, hosting ACC rival Clemson in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The game will serve as the team’s retro game with the Panthers donning throwback kits.

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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