Freshman forward Amanda West was essential to the Pitt women’s soccer team’s success over the weekend, as she scored a hat trick in the team’s season-opening 5-4 win over Loyola Marymount on Friday and the game-winning goal in the subsequent 1-0 defeat of Bucknell on Sunday. For her efforts, she was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
The first #ACCwsoccer Player of the Week honors have been announced!— ACC Women's Soccer (@ACCWSoccer) August 27, 2019
Congratulations to Pitt's Amanda West (Offensive) and North Carolina's Maycee Bell (Defensive)
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The hat trick by West was just the 10th in program history, and it was a feat that only one other freshman has ever pulled off before at Pitt. West also amassed a total of seven points, which was the most by a Panther since 2001. Netta Agredano was the last Pitt player to account for seven points in a single game.
Perhaps the most striking detail about West’s effort is the fact that her clutch performances came in the first and second games of her collegiate career. In addition, they both demonstrated her clutch playmaking ability, as she scored game-winning goals in the waning minutes of each of the two outings.
With that said, it is unlikely that the weekend’s developments came as a surprise to Pitt head coach Randy Waldrum, who foresaw West making an instant impact when he signed her.
”Amanda is a goal-scorer,” Waldrum said last November. “She has tremendous pace, composure and ability in and around the goal that will have an immediate effect on the 2019 team. ... We could see her one day representing her country on a national team.”
Prior to joining the Panthers, the Burlington, Ontario, native was a standout on a Burlington Bayhawks team that went undefeated in its league in 2018. The team also outscored opponents 31-0 to win the Ontario Cup and came in third place at Canada's 2018 national championships.
West and the Panthers will try to maintain their positive momentum on Friday, when they head to Hanover, New Hampshire, to face Dartmouth in their second road match of the season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET.