Oct. 16, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's soccer team defeated Pittsburgh, 3-0, on Sunday, October 16 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. The Friars are now 6-8-4 overall and 4-6-0 in the BIG EAST. Seniors Taylor Bartini (Suffield, Conn.) and Laura Di Clemente (Blue Bell, Pa.) and junior Mary Vercollone(Pembroke, Mass.) each scored for Providence.
"Today's match was a game of two halves for us," said Head Coach Jim McGirr. "In the first have we were a little bit flat against a Pittsburgh team with a lot of heart and desire. In the second half though, passion took over and scoring a goal in the opening two minutes definitely gave us some life and a better approach to the game."
It only took 39 seconds for the Friars to score in the second half, when senior Cynthia Warman (Osseo, Minn.) crossed from the right side to Vercollone, who headed the ball past the goalkeeper from three yards out. In the 75th minute Bartini received a cross from freshman Alexia Shea (Brewster, N.Y.), turned and shot from five yards out to notch Providence's second goal of the game and her fourth of the season. The third and final goal was scored in the 85th minute, when freshman Renee Altimari (Westerly, R.I.) was fouled inside the box to draw a penalty kick. Di Clemente put the ball into the bottom left corner of the net on the kick.
Overall, the Friars outshot the Panthers, 9-2, with a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. The game marks senior goalkeeper Caitlin Walker's (Metuchen, N.J.) seventh shutout of the season.
Laura Di Clemente leads the team in points (17) on seven goals and three assists. She is followed by Bartini, who has nine, on four goals and one assist and Collins and Vercollone who each have eight points on three goals and two assists.
"It was great to see so many players step up today. Renee Altimaricame off the bench and was very effective, drawing the penalty that led to the third and final goal. The win puts us in a good position with some other results hopefully going our way," McGirr said.
The Friars host Connecticut on Saturday, October 22, in their final game of the season. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.