Women's Soccer Pushes Pitt to the Limit in 2-1 Loss

Women's Soccer Pushes Pitt to the Limit in 2-1 Loss

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Jacksonville University women's soccer team (0-4) pushed unbeaten ACC foe Pittsburgh (3-0-1) to the limit on Sunday afternoon, carrying a tie game into the late stages before the home side added the deciding tally to keep the Dolphins at bay.

"I was so proud of our team today," head coach Laura Kane said. "We were organized defensively and fought hard against a very athletic ACC team. Although it's not reflected in the score, we will gain confidence from our performance today. We'll be back to work this week preparing for Manhattan."

Kristian Shores made the first start of her JU career and made seven saves in replacement of Brittany Hundley who was forced to sit out Sunday's contest after getting booked with a red card during Friday's match. Freshman Sarah Alexander scored the first goal of her young career in the 23rd minute to notch the score at one just minutes after Pitt took an early lead.

The Panthers got on the board first with a header in the 17th minute but JU responded nicely with a counter just over six minutes later to equal the effort. The game went into the break tied with Shores making two saves after Pitt scored their first goal to keep it that way.

Shores made three more saves early in the second half but the Dolphins managed just one shot before Pitt countered with the go-ahead tally in the 70th minute. The Pitt defense locked in from there, allowing just one more shot from JU leading to the final score in this one.

Jacksonville will be back in action next weekend with a pair of contests at Southern Oak Stadium. The Manhattan Jaspers will visit on Friday for a 7 p.m. kick off and Winthrop comes to town on Sunday for a matinee start time of 1 p.m.