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Women’s College Round-up: Pitt and Duquesne women earn preseason wins

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Both Pitt and Duquesne women’s soccer teams offered glimpses of what could be to come, as each earned preseason wins on Friday with impressive second half performances.

Pitt women’s soccer shut out RV Ohio State 2-0 in its final exhibition of the 2021 season Friday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Panthers recorded their second-straight shutout victory in Ohio, having defeated Youngstown State 2-0 as well Tuesday.

Scoreless in the first half, Anna Bout recorded the game-winning goal shortly into the second half off a pass by Landy Mertz.

The insurance goal came a few minutes later from Leah Pais off another Mertz cross.

Pitt opens the regular season against Tulsa next Thursday at 5 p.m. ET in the BancFirst Cowgirl Soccer Invitational hosted by Oklahoma State.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime to Cleveland State, Duquesne rallied for three second half goals at Rooney Field.

Junior forward Sarah Wilkinson scored twice and Lexi Kenro added a goal and an assist to lead the Dukes.

Next up for the Dukes, they’ll take on St. Francis (PA), in their season opener at Rooney Field on Sunday, August 22.

Robert Morris’ women’s team was also in action at Southpointe, where they lost 1-0 to Howard.

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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