Game Day: Pitt vs. Oklahoma State # 16, 12:00 p.m.

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NCAA Women’s Soccer – BancFirst Cowgirl Soccer Classic

Pitt (1-0-0, 0-0-0 ACC) v Oklahoma State (1-0-0, 0-0-0 B12)

Sunday August 22 | Neal Patterson Stadium, Stillwater, OK | 12 p.m. EST

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PSN Coverage / Overview

The Panthers will face a tall order on Sunday, facing a 16th-ranked Oklahoma State team that opened their season with a 2-0 win over UTSA on Thursday and returned with 21 winning letters, including nine starters and five All-Big 12 winners. The Cowgirls lost in the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament in May, on penalties to seventh-seeded Texas.

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Pitt 2021-22 Women’s Season Preview

Pitt Play Notes

OKLAHOMA STATE SCOUTING

  • The Cowgirls opened the season with a 2-0 win over UTSA on Thursday night.
  • Oklahoma State is ranked No. 16 in the United Football Coaching Preseason Poll.
  • The Cowgirls were 13-3-2 last year, placed third in the Big 12 at 6-2-1 and advanced to the Sweet 16, where they fell on penalties to Texas A&M, seventh seed.
  • Chosen to again finish third in the preseason coaching poll, OSU returns 21 winners from last season’s letter, including nine starters and five All-Big 12 players.
  • Senior defender / midfielder Kim Rodriguez has been named to TopDrawerSoccer.Com’s Best First Team XI.

INCREASING THE LIST OF VICTORIES OF ALL-TIME HEAD COACHES

  • With 419 wins, Randy Waldrum sits eighth in all-time career wins for Division I head coaches.
  • Waldrum is seventh among active coaches.
  • He recorded his 416th career victory in 27 years at the Division I level against the Navy on Sunday October 11, 2020 which overtook David Lombardo (Keene State and James Madison, 35) and Chris Petrucelli (Notre Dame, Texas and SMU , 30) for eighth place all-time.
  • He stays ahead of Petrucelli of SMU, who now has 416 wins.
  • Waldrum currently sits sixth among active head coaches.

RETURN EACH STARTER

  • Pitt returns all starters from last season.
  • Forwards: Amanda West (16 starts), Leah Pais (14) and Landy Mertz (two spring games).

o Combined for 12 goals, nine assists, 100 shots and 52 shots on goal.

o West started every game of his career while Pais and Mertz were both new to the squad as transfers (Pais-Albany, Mertz-Dayton).

  • Midfielder: Anna Bout (16), Chloe Minas (16) and Emily Yaple (16)

o All three started every game last year

o Bout has started all but three games in his career, and Yaple and Minas started as true freshmen last season after signing up in the previous spring semester.

o Yaple contributed offensively three goals and two assists while Bout had one goal and one assist each.

  • Defenders: Hailey Davidson, Mackenzie Edwards (16), Kate McKay (16) and Athalie Palomo (16).

o All four started each game and were in the top five for minutes played on the team

o Teams limited to a penalty shootout percentage of 0.410

o McKay placed third on the team with three goals and five assists while Palomo had one goal and one assist.

  • Goalies: Katherine Robinson (nine) and Caitlyn Lazzarini (seven)

o The two combined for six shutouts, a 0.743 save percentage, 1.12 goals-against average and six shutouts.

o Robinson was 7-2-0 with 21 saves, 0.724 save percentage and 0.95 goals-against average.

o Lazzarini was 4-3-0 with 31 saves, 0.756 save percentage and 1.30 goals-against average with all but three games started against ACC opponents.

LAST YEAR’S STORY

  • Despite playing fewer games than usual due to COVID, Pitt has done a lot that previous teams in the program haven’t.
  • With a 9-5-0 overall record in the fall and wins in both spring games, she overtook the 1995 team (10-7-1) for most wins in a single season. and was only the third to post a winning record (8-5-5 in 2009).
  • Five of the wins were on the road, the most in a single season in the program’s history.

o In 2019 on the road, Pitt was 1-7-1 and a combined 2-28-4 over the past four seasons.

  • Pitt notched his first United Football Coaching Poll ranking in program history, debuting 12th in the season opener and then 14th.
  • By defeating The Citadel 2-1 (OT) and 1-0, Pitt won for the first time as a ranked team.

o Head Coach Randy Waldrum has now led five schools nationally: Tulsa, Baylor and Notre Dame men’s and women’s soccer in addition to Pitt.

  • Pitt started the season 6-0 for the first time in program history, which was the second longest winning streak in school history, as the 2015 squad notched eight wins. consecutive.

o West has scored three consecutive goals, which no other Panther in the history of the program has done before.

THE ARRIVAL IN THE CITY OF A NEW ARRIVAL

  • Landy Mertz, a native of his hometown, has scored in every game as a Panther.
  • A transfer from Dayton joining Pitt for the spring season, Mertz made a huge impact on his Panthers debut with two goals in the team’s 3-0 shutout victory in the City Game.
  • Mertz was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week.
  • She went on to score a goal in the 4-1 win over Kentucky in the season finale.
  • In both exhibition games this season, she scored one goal in the 2-0 win at Youngstown State and collected assists on both goals in a 2-0 win at RV Ohio State.

NEW ARRIVALS

  • Pitt welcomes 15 newcomers to the team.
  • 12 freshmen: Lacey Bernick, Ellie Coffield, Sara Darlington, Mackenzie Evers, Bri Hilsenteger, Elena Hinkson, Katelyn Kauffman, Maddie Keister, Ashley Moon, Hailey Schmidt, Sarah Schupansky and Madison Vukas.

o All except Darlington, Evers and Schmidt signed up in early spring 2021.

o Evers graduated a year earlier from West Allegheny High School.

  • Three transfers: Ashton Gordon, Emily Harrigan and Kelly Moss.

o Gordon started two seasons at the SEC Champs Arkansas and joined the team last spring.

o Harrigan spent three seasons at Rutgers, and Moss is coming from Notre Dame after two years.




John Krysinsky has covered football and other sports for many years for various publications and media. He is also the 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 on a remarkable game that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has been a color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and has worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup matches. and the International Champions Cup which took place in the United States. . Krysinsky was also the head coach of men’s football at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first winning seasons and first places in the playoffs (1996-98); North Catholic Boys Head Coach (2007-08), Shady Side Academy Boys Associate Head Coach (2009-2014).


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