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Pitt women’s soccer bested by No. 6 Florida State 1-0

Matt Hawley

The Pitt women’s soccer team traveled to Tallahassee to face No. 6 Florida State on Saturday afternoon, and despite playing the defending national champions close, the Panthers fell to their ACC foes in a 1-0 loss.

The game’s lone goal came off the foot of Florida State midfielder Abbey Newton during a penalty shot in the second minute. The shot was awarded after Florida State forward Kristina Lynch was fouled inside the box. Newton went to the right with her shot and beat Pitt goalkeeper Amaia Peña.

Florida State thoroughly outshot Pitt in the first half, 13-1. That trend continued in the second half, with the Seminoles getting off six shots to the Panthers’ one. Florida State put five shots on goal, while Pitt’s only on-target shot came from Anna Rico in the 62nd minute.

Despite the one-sided loss, Pitt head coach Randy Waldrum was pleased with much of what he saw from his team on Saturday.

”I’m really proud of our team, as we came in with a game plan that would give us a chance to win late, and we did that,” Waldrum said during a postgame interview. “The level of work we put in was fantastic. Hopefully this helps in laying our foundation that we are capable of playing with anyone. I’m happy that we are on the right path.”

With the loss, Pitt falls to 3-6-3 on the season and 0-2-2 in conference. The team is also in the midst of a six-game stretch without a win, with its last victory coming against St. Joseph’s on Sept. 8. Pitt will look to snap that streak on Thursday, when it hosts Boston College. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.