Villanova Heads to Pittsburgh for Friday Night Contest
Sept. 27, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team (4-6-2; 2-2-0) travels to Pittsburgh (5-7-1; 0-3-1) this Friday for the continuation of their BIG EAST schedule. Game time versus the Panthers is slated for 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 2-2 BIG EAST record after posting a 2-0 victory over Providence and 2-1 double overtime defeat to Connecticut last weekend. Rallying behind freshman Emily Damstrom's first career goal and the three point performance of senior Heidi Sabatura, Villanova put together a dominating showing for the 2-0 victory over the Friars on Friday afternoon. Just two days later, freshman Hayley Wilson netted her first career goal in dramatic fashion with eight seconds remaining in regulation, but it wouldn't be enough as Connecticut scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to take home the BIG EAST matchup at West Campus Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
On the year, the Wildcats have captured wins over American (2-0), La Salle (3-2), Rutgers (2-1) and Providence.
Senior Heidi Sabatura leads the team with 11 points via two goals and seven assists and is just two helpers shy of becoming Villanova's all-time leader in the same category, while her 73 career points rank her eighth all-time at Villanova. Sophomores Stephanie Myers and Victoria Gersh are close behind in the point race and have each registered six tallies for the year. Goalkeeper Jami Kranich returned to the starting lineup last weekend after her stint with the U-20 National Team and totaled 195 minutes in net with seven saves.
`Nova vs. Pittsburgh: Friday will mark the 16th meeting between the Panthers and Wildcats with Villanova holding the advantage in the all-time series at 9-3-3. The Wildcats last met Pittsburgh on September 30th, 2011 and won the match 3-1.
A Look at Pittsburgh: The Panthers bring a 5-7-1 overall record into Friday's matchup and a 0-3-1 conference record. Pitt has captured wins over Eastern Michigan (2-1), Robert Morris (2-1), St. Bonaventure (2-1), Duquesne (3-1) and Liberty (1-0).
Morgan Sharick and Roosa Arvas lead the team with nine points apiece with a combined five goals and eight assists. They are followed closely behind by Alex Charlebois (2g, 1a). Nicole D'Agostino has been the mainstay in goal for the Panthers this season, playing over 1,100 minutes for the season. She has collected 59 saves for a .747 save percentage on the year.