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Pitt’s leading scorer Amanda West announces likely season-ending knee injury; intends to return in 2023

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Just 13 minutes into Pitt’s women’s soccer’s match against Cincinnati on September 4, the program’s all-time leading scorer, Amanda West, came out of the match, with an undisclosed injury.

The Panthers went on to win that contest, 2-0, and played the next two matches without West, (3-2 loss at VCU and a 3-2 win vs Liberty on Sunday) to wrap-up non-conference competition with a 7-1 record.

With the start of the grueling ACC schedule, though, comes deflating news for the Pitt wome’s soccer program, and for West, as she announced on Tuesday on her Instagram account, that she has suffered both a torn ACL and meniscus, likely rendering her to the sidelines for the remainder of the 2022 campaign.

In six matches this season, West scored six goals and had three assists in 354 minutes to add to her program all-time leading totals that include 39 goals and 22 assists in 3,997 total minutes played.

West was already eligible to return for a fifth season, even without the injury, but she made it clear in her Instagram post, that she intends to return for another season.

‘Devastated to be away from the field for a while with a torn ACL and meniscus,” West wrote.

“Year 5… I’ll be waiting for you. Be back soon.”

In West’s absence, Leah Pais picked up the scoring, with four goals (a brace each time) in the last two games.

The Panthers will open up ACC play on Friday (5 p.m. kickoff) against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

 

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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