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FINAL: Pitt 2, Clemson 1

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FINAL:  Clemson 2, Pitt 1 (OT)


Game Report

Pitt women’s soccer (9-4-0, 3-4-0) fell 2-1 in overtime to No. 3 Clemson (6-2-0, 5-2-0) Thursday night at Historic Riggs Field. Megan Bornkamp headed in the golden goal off a corner kick in the 92nd minute.

Scoring the game’s first goal in the 49th minute, Amanda West broke the program’s record for single-season points with 30, topping her own 29 points in her freshman campaign last year. West received a long pass down the left side of the field, made a move to get past a defender in the box and placed a shot that bounced off the right post and in.

Clemson quickly tied up the game in the 51st minute, as Bornkamp followed up on a rebound from a corner kick and headed the ball in the back of the net.


  • West tied Ashley Cuba (2009-12) for the most career goals (23) in school history.
  • West extended her single-season record for goals to 13.
  • The team has scored 30 goals this year, surpassing the 2006 team for second-most in a single-season in school history.
  • Caitlyn Lazzarini made a career-high nine saves, including six in the second half.
  • The Tigers had the advantage in shots (23-8) and corner kicks (11-4).
  • West and Leah Pais both placed two of a team-high three shots on goal.
  • Madison Clayton made her first collegiate start.


Pitt closes out the regular season at Wake Forest Sunday at 1 p.m.

Gameday Updates

FINAL – Clemson 2, Pitt 1 (OT)

The Panthers take No. 3 Clemson to OT, but end up losing on a golden goal.


Pitt Women’s Soccer Game Notes 


  • Pitt defeated Miami 2-0 on Sunday, Oct. 18 in the fall home finale.
  • Kate McKay headed in a corner kick from Hailey Davidson in the 67th minute for the game-winning goal.
  • Amanda West added an insurance goal in the 78th minute.
  • Pitt had the decisive advantage in shots (24-8) and shots on goal (8-2).


  • Sitting in eighth place in the ACC standings with nine points (3-3-0) and with two games left, the Panthers are in a position to make the ACC Tournament for the first time in program history.
  • As the top-eight teams make the tournament as in years’ past, Pitt controls its fate to make its first postseason appearance since making the BIG EAST Tournament in 2010.
  • Pitt would clinch a bid with a win over Clemson and a tie between ninth-place Wake Forest (seven points) and 10th-place Virginia Tech (six points), which takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • With two wins this week, Pitt could finish as high as third in the league standings.


  • 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 (81) and goals (29).
  • They rank in the top-20 in other team statistics:
  •  second in scoring offense (2.42 goals per game) and assists (23), 10th in shots per game (15.17), 13th in shots on goal per game (7.08), 19th in corner kicks per game (5.7) and 20th in shutout percentage (0.417).


  • West leads the nation in goals (12), game-winning goals (four), points (28), goals per game (1.0), points per game (2.33) and shots on goal per game (2.5) while ranking fourth in shots per gme (4.5) and tied for fourth in assists (four) with teammate Kate McKay.
  • She hit the ground running this season, just like she did last year, with a goal in the first seven games for the longest goal-scoring streak in program history.
  • With only 29 career games played, she already ranks among the top all-time scorers in program history.

o   First in points (57), six ahead of Ashley Cuba (2009-12).

o   Second in career goals (22), one behind Cuba.

o   Tied for third in assists (13) with Liz Carroll (2007-10).

  • She has recorded nine 3+ point games, the most in school history.
  • Her 28 points this year rank second and one behind her total last year.
  • Her 12 goals this fall are most in a single-season, one ahead of her total last year and Cande Ruiz (1998) in 1998.
  • 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.
  • In assists, she tied with Charity McClure (1998) and Katelyn Ruhe (2010) for the single-season record.


  • Five of the nine 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.


  • The Tigers enter the game with a 5-2-0, 4-2-0 record and have been ranked in the top-10 since the rankings first came out.
  • Clemson’s only losses have come at No. 1 North Carolina (3-0) and then-No. 11 Duke (1-0).
  • Freshman midfielder Megan Bornkamp and sophomore midfielder Caroline Conti lead the team in scoring with three goals and seven points, as the Tigers have outscored teams 14-4 with four shutouts.
  • A transfer from Villanova, junior goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff has started in all but one game with a goals-against average of 0.51, 30 saves and .909 save percentage.


  • Clemson has won all five meetings against Pitt.
  • In the only meeting between the two programs to go to overtime, last year in Clemson Pitt rebounded from a two-goal second half deficit, but the Tigers got the golden goal for a 3-2 win.


  • The Panthers replace two-year starting goalkeeper Amaia Pena, who signed a professional contract with Athletic Club Femenino (Spain).
  • Pitt has three goalkeepers on the rosterRobinson, Caitlyn Lazzarini and Gabriella Neibart.
  • Robinson, the most experienced of the trio, seized the job at the beginning of the season and started the first eight games with only eight goals allowed and 21 saves in 754 minutes played.
  • She has recorded three shutouts, including back-to-back against Syracuse and Navy.
  • Lazzarini has started the last three games and previously relieved Robinson in both App State games and also against Boston College in the second half.
  • She has made eight saves in 331 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 four games with three starts last year as a freshman and recorded a 1-2-0 record, 0.95 goals against average and eight saves.


  • 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: Chantelle Parker (Milton, Ontario), Leah Pais (Mississagua, Ontario), West (Burlington, Ontario), Anna Bout (Cambridge, Ontario), Chloe Minas (Montreal, Quebec) and Bex Bartosh (Hiawatha First Nation, Ontario).
  • Pais ranks tied for second with Anna Rico and McKay on the team in scoring with four goals and 10 points.
  • Bout and Minas have started in the midfield in each game, and Bout scored her first collegiate goal at Appalachian State.
  • Parker started four games at forward before Pitt’s last game against Miami.

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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