Sept. 30, 2011
Villanova won for the first time since defeating Virginia Commonwealth, 3-2 in double overtime, on September 2. The team had been 0-6-1 since then and was shutout in its previous three contests before today's game.
The goal by freshman defender Victoria Gersh (Silver Spring, Md.) broke a scoreless stretch of 315:32 for the Wildcats offense. It also marked the first goal that Villanova has scored against Pittsburgh since 2006, a stretch that includes the Wildcats being held scoreless by the Panthers four straight games between 2007-10.
Villanova lost just one of those previous four scoreless outings, though, as the games each year from 2007-09 ended in a scoreless draw. It had been a streak of 381:06 since the Wildcats scored the last of two second half goals against Pitt on October 15, 2006 in a 2-0 victory.
On the flip side, the Panthers scored their first goal ever in a game played at Villanova when they tied the game at 1-1 in the first half. In seven previous home games against Pittsburgh the Wildcats had gone 5-0-2 with a 15-0 scoring margin, a stretch that spanned just over 700 minutes of play before Cuba's goal this afternoon.
With three points (one goal, one assist) in today's game senior forward Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) moved past both Jean Hajjar (1985-88) and Laura Johnson (2001-04) into sole possession of third place all-time at Villanova with 90 career points. Cathy Ford (1983-85) is second all-time with 112 points. Ryan also notched her 20th career assist and became the eighth player in program history to reach that mark.
Ryan is two assists behind Julie Battista (22) for seventh place on the all-time Wildcats list. She is currently fourth in school history in goals scored (35) and tired for third in shots (192), as well being tied for first in game-winning goals (14).
Junior midfielder Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) had a team-high four shots to lead Villanova on Friday afternoon.