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West’s brace, Yaple’s highlight reel goal lead Pitt to 3-0 win

West’s brace, Yaple’s highlight reel goal lead Pitt to 3-0 win

ACC Women’s Soccer

Final:  Pitt 3, Boston College 0

Box Score 

Pitt women’s soccer’s (10-6-0, 3-5-0) scored all three goals in the second half for a 3-0 shutout of Boston College (7-8-1, 1-7-0) Thursday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

“Overall pleased with the result tonight but extremely happy with the performance and our ability to respond to the staff’s message before the game, at halftime, and the response coming out of the delay,” said associate head coach Ben Waldrum.

“Our midfield was excellent tonight, and the play from our forwards showcased their ability to create chances and be dangerous in front of goal. We will enjoy the result but turn the focus to our upcoming opponent on Sunday.”

Back after missing the last four games, Amanda West drew a penalty kick in the 60th minute and converted it for the game-winning goal.

West scored the next goal, her team-leading eighth of the year, in the 74th minute, deflecting in a sliding shot right in front on the goal line on a cross from Landy Mertz.

Emily Yaple added a highlight reel goal with less than four minutes left, scoring on a bicycle kick for her fourth of the season. Off a corner kick, Chloe Minas collected a loose ball and sent a ball into the middle of the box for Yaple.

Pitt continues its three-game homestand to close out the regular season Sunday at 1 p.m. against Wake Forest.

NEWS AND NOTES

  • The 10 wins are tied for the second-most in program history with the 2015 squad (10-7-1).
  • Pitt has beat Boston College in each of the last three seasons, all at home.
  • Pitt has its first ACC winning streak since winning its first three games of ACC play against NC State (2-0), Wake Forest (2-1, overtime) and at Louisville (1-0) to start conference play in 2015.
  • It’s the third winning streak in ACC action (2014, at Syracuse and NC State).
  • Katherine Robinson (7-6-0) made four saves for her fourth shutout of the season.
  • Pitt has eight shutouts this year, second-most in a single-season in school history.
  • West recorded her 13th career 3+ point game.
  • West tied Ashley Cuba (2011) for the sixth-most goals and Netta Agredano (2001) Agredano for the sixth-most points (19) in a single-season in program history.
  • West has four game-winning goals in all three seasons at Pitt, tied with Cande Ruiz (1998) for the third-most in a single year.
  • Mertz is tied with four others for the seventh-most assists in a season.
  • Mertz became the fourth Panther to reach double-digits in points (10) this season.
  • Pitt had the decisive advantage in shots (27-12), shots in goals (9-4) and corner kicks (7-3).
  • The 27 shots tied a program record for ACC contests, match last game’s total at Syracuse Monday and last year on Sept. 17, also a victory over Syracuse.
  • West had a game-high seven shots, and Sarah Schupansky and Mertz had six each.
  • All three tied for a game-high two shots on goal.
  • The game had two delays, one before the game pushing the start time to 6:38 and then later in the second half for almost an hour of idle time.

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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