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Pitt women's soccer 1-1 after Steel City Classic in opening weekend

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Pitt's women's soccer team hosted the Steel City Classic this weekend to open their season and ended with mixed results.

The good? The team's opener against Akron resulted in a convincing 3-0 win. The Panthers, however, fell to Duquesne, 1-0, on Sunday.

Sunday's game was pretty disappointing as Pitt outshot the Dukes throughout the game. Despite that, it was a scoreless contest in regulation. At the end of regulation, the Panthers had 11 shots to Duquesne's four.

The first overtime saw another scoreless period, but in the second overtime, Duquesne scored a goal to provide the winning margin. A win against the Dukes would have given the Panthers their first non-conference tournament win since 2006.

Pitt tries to get back on track with a home game against Robert Morris on Wednesday.

The team is a young one and, as I've mentioned before, had a top 15 recruiting class. A lot of underclassmen are likely to be playing key roles and that's evidenced by four freshmen accounting for seven of the team's total points in the first game.

In other words, this may be a bit of an up and down season.

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