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Final: Pitt 4, Boston College 3

Final: Pitt 4, Boston College 3

ACC Women’s Soccer

FINAL: Pitt 4, Boston College 3

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | Ambrose Urbanic Field | 7 p.m. 

Broadcast: ACC Network

Match Summary

Pitt held off Boston College for a see-saw, back-and-forth 4-3 win on Thursday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Pitt opened the scoring in the sixth minute with Amanda West drawing another foul in the box — and converting on the penalty kick goal. The Eagles responded minutes later as Sam Smith and Mia Karras scored a pair of unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead into the half.

The Panthers then opened the second half with two unanswered scores, including West’s second and Emily Yaple’s redirected shot to take a 3-2 lead in the 61st minute.

In a short span, the Eagles tied it, but Pitt responded seconds later.

Jenna Bike’s goal pulled the Eagles even in the 73rd minute but then Anna Rico’s terrific shot from outside the right side of the box answered for Pitt with the eventual game-winner just 13 seconds later.

Pitt is now 7-2-0 overall, and 2-2 in ACC play. BC drops to 0-3 overall and in ACC.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • 6′ | On a penalty kick, Amanda West used her right foot to place a low shot inside the right post and past the outstretched hands of Allie Augur, who had guessed correctly.
  • 10′ | Emily Knous lofted a ball into the box, with a Pitt defender then heading it straight up. The ball landed untouched in between three players and trickled towards the left post where Smith charged and slotted home with a left foot.
  • 17′ | Laura Gouvin’s corner kick found its way towards the center of the 18-yard box, allowing Smith to run onto it and head it back towards the near right post where Karras touched it in with her foot.
  • 55′ | West collected a ball off of a clearance, dribbled into the box and touched the ball back to her left before loft it with her left foot past a charging Augur.
  • 61′ | Off of a free kick from 25 yards out, Kate McCay served a ball on the ground with Emily Yaple timing her run to deflect the ball high and under the crossbar.
  • 73′ | Alison Heckman stripped the ball from a Panther about 35 yards out from goal and then started a counter by finding Smith cutting into the box. Smith one-touched it towards the center for Jenna Bike, who’s sliding flick snuck inside the right post.
  • 74′ | From 20 yards out on the right side of the box, Anna Rico curled a long and high shot under the crossbar.

GAME NOTES

  • Pitt had a 16-11 lead in shots … Boston College had the 4-3 lead in corners.
  • The Eagles are now 11-2-0 in the all-time series with the Panthers with a mark of 6-2-0 in Pittsburgh.
  • Goalkeeper Allie Augur finished with three saves for the Eagles while Mackenzie Egan made two saves in 16 minutes of action … Katherine Robinson made four saves for the Panthers.
  • Jenna Bike’s goal was her first since scoring on Sept. 23, 2019 against Florida State … the captain missed all of 2019 due to injury.
  • Mia Karras now has three career goals, with all three coming against Pitt.
  • Laura Gouvin’s assist marked her first career point.
  • Sam Smith’s four points on one goal and two assists tied a career-best (two goals last season against Florida State) … her two assists marked a career-high.
  • The sophomore Egan made her collegiate debut, entering the game in the 74th minute … junior Nye Day made her collegiate debut as a substitute in the 77th minute … Becca McCourt made her first appearance of the season in the first half.
  • Bike led the Eagles with five shots … Emily Knous and Karras tallied two each.

Gameday Updates

FINAL — PITT 4, BOSTON COLLEGE 3

The Panthers hang on at the end of a wild, back-and-forth match. Pitt is now 7-2 overall, and 2-2 in ACC play. BC drops to 0-3 overall and in ACC action.

73′ & 74′ | BC Scores — then Pitt scores 30 seconds later!

 

Pitt has charged back into the lead with a pair of second half goals!

61′ | GOAL! PITT 3, BC 2

Pitt takes back the lead, as Emily Yaple one-touches a ball in from the left side of the box off a free kick. 

55′ | GOAL PITT 2, BC 2

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BC struck back with two goals in the first half…

Pitt scored first!

 

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FINAL: Virginia Tech 2, Pitt 0

University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT: AT VIRGINIA TECH

  • Pitt suffered its second-straight loss 2-0 at No. 10 Virginia Sunday afternoon.
  • The Hokies took advantage of a Panthers’ turnover in its own box to score a late game-winning goal.
  • Pitt finished with a big advantage in shots (19-8), shots on goal (12-5) and corner kicks (9-4).

TOP MARKS IN THE COUNTRY

  • With the strong start to the season, the team ranks among the best in Division I in several categories.
  • The Panthers lead the nation in total points (52), goals (18) and assists (16).
  • They rank in the top-20 in other team statistics: fifth in scoring offense (2.25 goals per game), eighth in corner kicks per game (6.63), 11th in shots on goal per game (7.25), 12th in shots per game (15.13), 13th in shutout percentage (0.5), 14th in penalty kicks per game (0.8), 15th in goals-against average (0.739) and 21st in shot accuracy (0.479).

LEADING SCORER IN THE NATION, AMANDA WEST

  • West leads the nation in all three scoring categories: goals (seven), assists (three) and points (17).
  • She 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 25 career games played, she already ranks among the top all-time scorers in program history.
    • Third in points (46).
    • Tied for fifth in goals (16) with Netta Agredano (2000-03).
    • 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 17 points this year are tied with for seventh-most in a single-season, and her seven goals rank tied for sixth.
  • 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.

NATIONALLY RANKED

  • Pitt was slotted at No. 14 last 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 started the season 6-0 for the first time in program history.
  • The six victories to start the season was the second-longest winning-streak in school history, as the 2015 team rattled off eight wins in a row.
  • 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 in the six-game span, the Panthers only trailed in 11 minutes and 36 seconds, all in the 2-1 comeback win at the Citadel.
  • Eight Panthers scored the 17 combined goals.
  • The Panthers put limited pressure on their goalkeepers with an average of 1.5 saves per game.
  • West 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.

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.

SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE

  • Playing for the first time this season, the Eagles lost 2-0 at Notre Dame and Louisville last week.
  • Boston College returns seven starters from last year’s team that went 8-8-2, 1-8-1 and finished 13th in the ACC standings.
  • Sophomore midfielder Sam Smith led the team last year in goals (eight), including three game-winners.
  • Starting all but two games as a freshman last year, Allie Augur started both games last week with 10 saves.

THE SERIES

  • Boston College has won 11 of the 12 meetings.
  • The Panthers snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Eagles, 2-1 in overtime, last year at Ambrose Urbanic Field that also broke a three-year ACC losing streak.

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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