The Pitt women’s soccer team faced a tall order on Friday, as it traveled to Burnham Field in Hanover, New Hampshire, to take on a Dartmouth team that went 6-2-1 at home last season. The result was Pitt’s first defeat of the season, but freshman star Amanda West managed to extend her scoring streak to three games in the 2-1 loss.
The Panthers found themselves on their heels early on, as they were outshot 4-0 in the first half. That forced an Amaia Peña save in the fifth minute and saw Pitt defender Aideen O’Donoghue receive a yellow card in the 34th minute. Within five minutes of the yellow card, Darmouth forward Tracey Mills netted her first goal of the season.
Pitt came out eager to even the score in the second half, and within two minutes of the start, West found the back of the net for her fifth goal of the season, thanks to a Juliana Vazquez assist. However, despite getting off four more shots, two of which were on goal, the Panthers were unable to take the lead, and in the 61st minute, they gave up a game-winner to Dartmouth forward Izzy Glennon. The goal would go unanswered by the Panthers.
With the loss, Pitt falls to 2-1 on the season. However, the team will get an opportunity to improve on its record at Amherst, Massachusetts, where it will face UMass on Sunday. UMass went 11-6-1 in 2018 and reached the Atlantic 10 championship, but the team went 5-4-0 at home, making the Minutewomen more fallible than the Big Green.