Oct. 17, 2010
INDIANOLA, Pa. - In the final game of a four-game road trip, Villanova (6-11, 1-8 Big East) dropped a 3-0 decision at Pittsburgh (5-10-2, 2-6-1 Big East) in a game played at Founders Field on Sunday afternoon. The loss was the fourth straight for the Wildcats, who surrendered two early goals in the first half and another in the second period.
These teams had played to a scoreless draw in each of their past three meetings since a 2-0 victory by Villanova back in 2006. The long stalemate between the two sides was finally ended by the Panthers, who got on the board in the fourth minute and then added a second score in the 17th minute to take a quick 2-0 lead.
The difference on the offensive end for the Wildcats was not so much that they only had nine shots in the game, but rather that the team didn't score with the same efficiency as it had in its last three contests when it pumped in seven goals on just 30 total shots.
Junior forward Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) had three attempts at the net for Villanova and senior defender Amy Greco (Media, Pa.) fired two shots on goal but the Wildcats had a 21-9 deficit in shots for the game and were at an 8-4 disadvantage in shots on goal.
Despite the disparity in those totals, the first-half goals scored by Pitt came on plays where it just seemed like the breaks were going a certain way. Hayley Neal scored at 3:45 when she found the ball a second time after her own initial shot, while Klarissa Ames netted a goal at 16:06 when the rebound of an initial attempt came directly to her near the left corner.
The final goal of the contest came in the 75th minute when Ashley Cuba finished a cross from the near side to make the score 3-0.
Freshman goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) had five saves on the day for Villanova, while Morie Kephart made four stops for the Panthers.
Next weekend the Wildcats return home for the final two games of the regular season, when they will host Notre Dame and DePaul during campus' Homecoming weekend.
NOTES: The first goal of the game by Neal snapped a scoreless streak of 354:51 by both teams in head-to-head meetings since Villanova notched the second of its two goals in a 2-0 win on October 15, 2006 ... Neal scored the first goal for Pitt against the Wildcats since October 24, 2004 when Villanova posted a 3-1 win at Founders Field ... The Panthers went 525:28 in between scoring against the Wildcats, who lead the all-time series 8-3-3.