PITTSBURGH – The Pitt women’s soccer team (4-0-0) takes on the second of three-straight opponents from the state of Ohio and opens a two-game home stand as Kent State (0-2-1) comes to town Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tilt at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $5 per game or purchased on gameday for $8 at the Petersen Sports Complex Ticket Office. Fans can pick up a free Pitt soccer cowbell at the marketing table.
STARTING OUT HOT
With its 4-0 start to the 2022 campaign, the Panthers have come storming out of the gate each of the last three seasons. Pitt won its first six games of the season in 2020, then rattled off five straight wins to begin the ’21 regular season. Pitt has not lost a game in the month of August since a 2-1 setback at Dartmouth on Aug. 30, 2019.
BUILDING THE PROGRAM
The Panthers are now 35-34-1 under the leadership of fifth-year head Randy Waldrum. After going 9-22-4 in the first two years of a massive rebuild, Pitt has gone 26-14 over the last two-plus seasons.
PILING UP GOALS
Pitt scored four first-half goals en route to a 6-1 victory over UMass last Thursday in the home opener, then shut out Cleveland State, 6-0, tallying four of the goals over the final 45 minutes of play.
The Panthers have now scored at least six goals in a match four times and won by at least five goals six times in the last three years.
PANTHERS ON THE ATTACK
Pitt has outscored the opposition 15-1 through four games. The team’s 15 total goals are good for fifth in the country while its 42 total points rank eighth.
While Amanda West has once again been the catalyst of Pitt’s attack with a team-high five goals (tied for second-most in the country), the Panthers have seen nine different players find the back of the net so far this season. Landy Mertz has scored in each of the last two goals while freshman Fleming Dean scored her first two collegiate goals just seven minutes apart in the second half of Sunday’s romp over Cleveland State. Ellie Coffield, Ashton Gordon, Emily Yaple, Bri Hilsenteger, Samiah Phiri and Sarah Schupansky have each found the back of the net once over the last three contests.
HOW MAY WE ASSIST?
Eight different Panthers have distributed assists this season, with Leah Pais pacing the squad with three. Anna Bout accounted for two assists in the victory over UMass while Landy Mertz, who led the team in assists in 2021, has also recorded two.
SHUT IT DOWN
The Panthers opened the 2022 season by earning a pair of shutout victories at the Rumble in the Rockies in Missoula, Mont. Pitt blanked Gonzaga, 1-0, in the season opener, then stifled host Montana, 2-0, three days later. The Panthers started a new season with back-to-back shutout victories for the first time since 2017. Sunday’s 6-0 rout of Cleveland State made it three shutouts in four tries. This is the second-straight year Pitt has shut out three of its first four opponents to open a season.
WEST THE BEST TO WEAR BLUE & GOLD
Senior forward Amanda West is the undisputed most decorated player in the history of Pitt women’s soccer.
West leads the program in multiple career statistical categories: points (96), points per game (1.96), goals (38), goals per game (0.78), overtime goals (four), penalty kick goals (10), game-winning goals (15) and career three-plus point games (14). She is the leading active goal scorer among ACC players and is tied for fifth among all active NCAA Division I players in career goals. West is the active career leader in points per game across all NCAA divisions and ranks second in goals per game among active NCAA Division I players and third across all divisions. West is also currently tied with Roosa Arvas (2012-15) as Pitt’s all-time leader with 20 career assists.
West has been named to the United Soccer Coaches’ All-Atlantic Region Second Team (2020-21) and Third Team (2019 and ’21), becoming the second Panther ever to receive all-region honors, and has been selected to the All-ACC Second Team (2020) and Third Team (2019 and ’21), becoming the first player in program history to receive All-ACC honors by being named to the third and all-freshman teams in her 2019 rookie season.
Despite battling injuries a season ago, West ranked 17th in the nation in game-winning goals (5) and 63rd in goals (10) and ranked third in the ACC in game-winning goals, fourth in shots per game (3.30), tied for eighth in goals (10) and tied for 10th in points (23).
LAZZ LOCKS IT DOWN
Caitlyn Lazzarini put together a career effort in the season-opening shutout of Gonzaga with 10 saves. She added three more saves to her weekend total in the blanking of Montana, giving her six career shutouts. Lazzarini takes a clean sheet of 270 minutes into Thursday’s game against Kent State after shutting out both UMass and Cleveland State in the first halves of both contests before being relieved.
PUTTING IN THE TIME
Senior defender Athalie Palomo has registered 4,385 minutes played across her three-plus seasons as a Panther, which ranks as the 11th-most in program history. She has started all 55 games she’s played in, logging 10 points off two goals and six assists.
PANTHERS LED BY ONE OF BEST TO EVER DO IT
Pitt is fortunate to be led by one of the best to ever roam the sidelines in women’s collegiate soccer in head coach Randy Waldrum. The legendary women’s soccer coach ranks 10th in NCAA Division I history in career head coaching victories (435) and 16th across all NCAA divisions while also ranking sixth among active NCAA Division I head coaches. Among active head coaches, he ranks sixth in NCAA Division I and 10th across all NCAA divisions.
Waldrum has engineered a massive turnaround for the Pitt women’s soccer program, with the Panthers posting their best two-year stretch in program history with a 22-12 overall record which has included seven ACC victories, which is good for the best two-year stretch since the program joined the ACC prior to the 2013 campaign. In the two seasons prior to his appointment as the fourth head coach in program history on Dec. 19, 2017, the Panthers had managed just a 5-27-4 overall record with a 1-18-1 ACC record.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Pitt and Kent State are set to square off on the pitch for the ninth time on Wednesday, with the Panthers holding a 4-2-2 advantage in the all-time series. Recent history has been on the side of the Golden Flashes, however. After Pitt won the first four meetings in the series, Kent State has gone 2-0-2, with the teams playing to a 1-1 tie after double overtime in the most recent meeting on Aug. 24, 2018, at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The margin of victory for each team has been one goal in each of the six matchups that did not result in a tie.
Rob Marinaro is in his 22nd season leading the Golden Flashes, with Kent State going 196-160-46 during his tenure.
Kent State comes into Thursday’s game seeking its first victory of the 2022 season. After playing to a 1-1 tie against Cleveland State in the season opener, the Golden Flashes have lost at home to Oakland (2-0) and on the road at Dayton (1-0).
Callie Cunningham has accounted for Kent State’s lone goal this season. Sarah Melén has played all 270 minutes in goal for the Golden Flashes, logging 21 saves.
Pitt closes out the third week of the regular season by playing host to Cincinnati on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The game will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $5 per game or purchased on gameday for $8 at the Petersen Sports Complex Ticket Office.
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