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Ellie Coffield, Amanda West goals lead the way in Pitt’s ACC opening win at NC State, 2-0

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FINAL:  Pitt 2, NC State 0

From Pitt Athletics Department report 

Pitt women’s soccer team finally began conference play, posting a 2-0 shutout against NC State at Dial Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Ellie Coffield and Amanda West each scored, while goalkeeper Ellie Breech made two saves to secure the shutout for the Panthers, who improve to 1-0-0 in ACC play.


Pitt started this afternoon’s ACC matchup on the front foot, dominating the possession and bringing plenty of pressure in the attacking third.

Samiah Phiri and junior Keera Melenhorst gave the Panthers a few early chances on frame, in the 3rd and 20th minutes.

The Panthers continued to hold the majority of possession in the first half as the matchup carried on scoreless right to the end of the first half.

With 20 seconds left in the first half, former Mars High School standout and junior Ellie Coffield put Pitt on the board first, converting Anna Bout’s corner kick service to the far post area.

Coffield’s first goal of the season sent the Panthers into the locker room with a 1-0 lead. Pitt were in control of the match, with the edge in shots (8-2), shots on goal (2-1) and corner kicks (7-1) .

Coming out of the locker room, Ellie Breech posted an impeccable save in the 49th minute to preserve the Panthers’ lead. In total, Breech posted two saves, to secure the clean sheet.

At the 56th minute, fifth year Amanda West posted her sixth goal of the season after finding an opening between two of the Wolfpack’s defenders. Sarah Schupansky earned her fifth assist of the season after sending a quick touch to West to double the lead for Pitt.

The Panthers finished strong to dominate in most statistical categories, including 23-7 shots, 10-4 shots on frame, and 11-3 in corner kicks to complete Sunday’s shutout.


The Panthers, now 8-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 in ACC, are set to continue on the road as they meet Louisville on Thursday, Sept. 21 with an 8 p.m. start.

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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