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FINAL: Virginia 2, Pitt 1 (OT)

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FINAL: Virginia 2, Pitt 1 (OT)

FINAL: Virginia 2, Pitt 1

Match Summary

Riding an unbeaten run to open the season, Pitt women’s soccer team finally tasted a bitter defeat, losing to No. 10 Virginia in overtime in Charlottesville, VA on Thursday night.

The Panthers trailed early, but fought back despite being outshot considerably (by 30-4 margin), drawing a foul in the box in the 50th minute. This set up Amanda West who converted her fifth penalty kick goal of the season, and for the fourth consecutive match.

Pitt drops to a 6-1-0 overall, and 1-1 in the ACC. This was UVA’s first ACC win, as they improve their overall record to 3-1-1, and 1-1-1 in ACC play.

Gameday Updates

FINAL – UVA 2, PITT 1

93′ | GOAL! Diana Ordonez centers a ball from Sarah Clark for Emma Dawson to head over the defense and into the back of the net

91′ | Overtime is underway here at Klöckner Stadium.

END OF REGULATION…

PITT 1, UVA 1…  They’re going to OT!

62′ | Cavs had a chance to retake the lead on a penalty kick, but the shot sails high!

51′ | GOAL PITT! Amanda West converts yet another PK to level the contest!

50′ | Panthers with a chance to tie it up! A PK is drawn after Chantelle Parker is taken down in the box.

7′ | GOAL | UVA 1-0 – Diana Ordoñez takes the long-distance service from Sarah Clark inside the six and puts it in the net.

Starting lineups and in game updates will be posted here.

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Pitt women’s soccer remains unbeaten after weekend sweep at The Citadel

Pitt Men No. 4, Women No. 12 in Latest Rankings

University of Pittsburgh Game Notes 

NATIONALLY RANKED

  • Pitt is slotted at No. 14 in the second week of the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll, announced Tuesday.
  • Last week the Panthers were ranked No. 12, the first ranking in the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll in program history.
  • The Panthers are one of six ACC teams ranked.
  • The poll has condensed rankings at this time, with only 15 teams ranked that have played a game this season.
  • Head coach Randy Waldrum has now led five schools to be nationally ranked: Tulsa men’s and women’s soccer, Baylor and Notre Dame in addition to Pitt.

BEST START IN PROGRAM HISTORY

  • Pitt is off to a 6-0 start for the first time in program history.
  • The six victories to start the season is the second-longest winning-streak in school history, as the 2015 team rattled off eight wins in a row.
  • Last week the Panthers defeated the Citadel twice on the road, 2-1 in overtime and 1-0. Previously, Pitt has beaten Syracuse 2-0 in the home and ACC opener, 1-0 in overtime at Navy and Appalachian State twice on the road in the first week of the year with 4-0 and 7-1 victories.
  • The Panthers have a 17-2 goal aggregate for the season, best in the nation.
  • Playing 548 minutes and 20 seconds this year, the Panthers have only trailed in 11 minutes and 36 seconds, all in the 2-1 comeback win at the Citadel.
  • Eight Panthers have scored the 17 combined goals.
  • The Panthers have limited pressure on their goalkeepers with an average of 1.5 saves per game.
  • Amanda West has scored three-straight game-winning goals, something no other Panther in program history has done before.
  • West converted two golden goals off penalty kicks at Navy and the Citadel in back-to-back games.
  • Against the Orange, the Panthers had a dominate advantage in shots (27-4) and shots on goals (12-1).
  • The season-opening shutout at the Mountaineers was the biggest-ever margin of victory in a season-opener.
  • The Panthers had not defeated an opponent by 4+ goals since a 6-1 victory over St. John’s on Oct. 9, 2011.

MOVING ON UP THE ALL-TIME HEAD COACH WINS LIST

  • With 414 career wins in 27 years at the Division I level, Randy Waldrum needs one more to tie for eighth all-time with David Lombardo (Keene State and James Madison, 35 Years) and Chris Petrucelli (Notre Dame, Texas and SMU, 30 Years).
  • Petrucelli’s squad at SMU is currently idle this fall, and Lombardo retired after the 2017 season.
  • Waldrum currently ranks eighth among all-time victories.
  • Opposing head coach Steve Swanson (Dartmouth, Stanford and Virginia, 30 Years) currently ranks seventh with 421 victories.

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Five of the six wins this season have come on the road, the most in a single-season in program history.
  • Last year on the road, Pitt was 1-7-1 and a combined 2-28-4 in the last four seasons.
  • With the difficulties of scheduling due to COVID and the desire to play nonconference games, Pitt has 10 of its 15 games away from home this fall.
  • All but one of the seven nonconference games are on the road.

TOP MARKS IN THE COUNTRY

  • With the undefeated start to the season, the team ranks among the best in Division I in several categories.
  • The Panthers lead the nation in total points (50), goals (17) and assists (16).
  • They rank in the top-20 in other team statistics: seventh in scoring offense (2.83 goals per game), eighth in goals-against average (0.328) and shutout percentage (0.667), ninth in corner kicks per game (7.17), 10th in penalty kicks per game (0.75), 11th in shots per game (16.33), 12th in shots on goal per game and 17th in save percentage (0.833).

LEADING SCORER IN THE NATION, AMANDA WEST

  • Amanda West leads the nation in all three scoring categories: goals (six), assists (three) and points (15).
  • West has hit the ground running this season, just like she did last year, with a goal in each game for the longest goal-scoring streak in program history.
  • With only 23 career games played, she already ranks among the top all-time scorers in program history.

o   Fourth in points (44).

o   Sixth in goals (16).

o   Tied for fourth in assists (12) with Kristina Francois (2003-06) and Cande Ruiz (1998-01).

  • She has recorded seven 3+ point games, tied with Ruiz for the most in school history.
  • Her 15 points this year are tied with for 10th-most in a single-season.
  • She accomplished things in 2019 that no other Panther has done.
  • She was named to the United Soccer Coaches’ All-Atlantic Region Third-Team, becoming the second-ever Panther to receive all-region honors.
  • She became the first Pitt women’s soccer player to receive All-ACC honors when she was named to the third and all-freshmen teams.
  • She broke the school’s all-time single-season points record last year with 29.
  • Also, she passed Ruiz (1998) at 26 for the most and also tied Ruiz for the most goals in one year with 10.
  • In assists, she tied with Charity McClure (1998) and Katelyn Ruhe (2010) for the single-season record and already ranks tied for eighth in career assists.

SCOUTING NO. 10 VIRGINIA

  • The Cavaliers are 2-1-1 on the season and have one point in the ACC standings.
  • Virginia beat Virginia Tech twice (3-0 and 1-0 (OT)) in nonconference matchups, tied at Duke (1-1) and fell 3-0 at No. 3 Clemson.
  • The Cavaliers returned seven starters and seven other letterwinners from last year’s team that went 17-2-3 on the year and reached the ACC Championship Game and second round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.
  • The 2019 team ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense with 2.86 goals per game and fifth nationally with 63 goals as sophomore forward Diana Ordoñez and junior forward Alexa Spaanstra combined for 18 goals and 52 points.

THE SERIES

  • This is the seventh meeting between the two programs, as Virginia has won all six previous contests.
  • The last meeting occurred in Charlottesville on Oct. 14, 2018, a 7-0 win for the Cavaliers.

NEW STARTING GOALKEEPER

  • The Panthers must replace two-year starting goalkeeper Amaia Pena, who signed a professional contract with Athletic Club Femenino (Spain).
  • Pitt has three goalkeepers on the roster: Katherine Robinson, Caitlynn Lazzarini and Gabriella Neibart.
  • Robinson, the most experienced of the trio, has started every game and allowed one goal with seven saves in 490 minutes played. She recorded has three shutouts, including back-to-back against Syracuse and Navy.
  • Lazzarini relieved Robinson in both App State games in the second half and made two saves in 58 minutes.
  • Prior to this season, Robinson made eight starts in 12 games played over two seasons. Last year she registered a 0-1-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and eight saves.
  • Lazzarini played in three games last year as a freshman and recorded a 1-2-0 record, 0.95 goals against average and eight saves.

O CANADA

  • Waldrum and his staff have gone north of the border the last two years to find top talent to fill out the roster.
  • Six players grew up playing in the Canadian youth soccer system: Parker (Milton, Ontario), Pais (Mississagua, Ontario), West (Burlington, Ontario), Anna Bout (Cambridge, Ontario), Minas (Montreal, Quebec) and Bex Bartosh (Hiawatha First Nation, Ontario).
  • Pais ranks second on the team in scoring with three goals and seven points.
  • Bout and Minas have started in the midfield in each game, and Bout scored her first collegiate goal at Appalachian State.
  • Parker made her collegiate debut in that same game, and Bartosh came off the bench in both App State games.

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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