The Pitt women’s soccer team faced Syracuse at SU Soccer Stadium on Monday, and during the road trip, the Panthers were able to put an end to a three-game skid by putting on their best offensive performance in over a month and dealing the Orange a 4-2 loss.
Pitt fell behind early, as Orange forward Hannah Pilley scored on a left- footed shot following a corner kick in the ninth minute. However, Panthers forward Sarah Schupansky answered in the 21st minute, as she evaded two defenders and tucked a shot just inside the left post to even the score at 1-1.
Panthers forward Leah Pais would add another goal in the 33rd minute, as Panthers midfielder Landy Mertz found her with a well-placed cross that she put away with a sliding shot to make it 2-1, Pitt. That would remain the score at halftime, but both teams would have more to say about the outcome in the second half.
Four minutes into the second half, Schupansky would bank a shot off an Orange defender and into the back of the Syracuse net. And while it went down as an own goal, it still put Pitt up 3-1. Orange midfielder Pauline Machtens would respond in the 52nd minute with a goal off a set piece to make it 3-2, but Panthers defender Anna Bout would tack on one last goal in the 65th minute, putting her team up 4-2, which would be the final score.
With the win, Pitt improved to 9-6 on the season and 2-5 in conference, while Syracuse fell to 4-9-1 overall and 0-7 in ACC competition. The matchup was also Pitt’s last road contest of the regular season, as the Panthers will play their remaining three games in Pittsburgh. The first matchup of the homestand will be a tilt with Boston College on Thursday. Kickoff from Ambrose Urbanic Field is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the game will air on the ACC Network.