Pitt Women Tie Maryland in Scoreless Spring Friendly

Written by Ian Thomson

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Panthers women’s team continued its miserly spring form Saturday with a 0-0 tie against Maryland at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Greg Miller’s side has conceded one goal in six spring games. His offense has also struggled to find the target though. The Terrapins held the Panthers to a fourth consecutive scoreless outing.

Pitt's Jackie Poucel tries to escape the clutches of Maryland forward Gabby Galanti (Photo: Ian Thomson).
Pitt’s Jackie Poucel tries to escape the clutches of Maryland forward Gabby Galanti (Photo: Ian Thomson).

Finnish forward Roosa Arvas came closest to breaking Pitt’s barren run on 15 minutes when she tried to catch Maryland’s goalkeeper off her line following a turnover in midfield. Arvas sent a 40-yard shot toward the vacant net only to see the ball striking the top of the crossbar.

Maryland’s best chance arrived on 28 minutes when Madison Turner skipped away from Alex Reckas and outgoing senior Jackie Poucel before cracking a low shot off Taylor Francis’ right post from 16 yards.

Taylor Pryce was on the end of most of Pitt’s best scoring opportunities. The Canadian freshman swiveled on the edge of a congested 6-yard box on 36 minutes to send a shot straight at Maryland goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands.

Pryce squandered the game’s best opening four minutes later when Arvas released her through on goal. She misconnected with her shot to slice the ball wide of target.

Pitt’s starting goalkeeper Francis enjoyed a trouble-free opening 45 minutes. The Terrapins kept back-up stopper Margot Shore busy in the game’s second half with a few dangerous attacks. Shore fielded a low shot from Gabby Galanti on 54 minutes before being assisted by a couple of defensive blocks when Alexis Prior-Brown threatened.

Maryland almost found a late winner when Amanda Gerlitz and Riley Barger combined to release Alex Anthony on the right of the penalty area. The sophomore forward dragged her angled drive narrowly beyond Shore’s far post.

The tie brought Pitt’s spring record to 2-1-3. The season concludes next Saturday with the annual Alumni Game taking place at Ambrose Urbanic Field at noon.

Pittsburgh (4-2-3-1): Francis — Fernandez, Hopkins, Perez, Pietrangelo — Pozzulo, Moreira — Pryce, Hannesdottir, McDonough — Arvas

Maryland (4-3-3): Beanlands — Turner, Collins, Shea, Gerlitz — Molina, Fichtner, Barger — Berman, Ntone-Kouo, Anthony


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