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Pitt women’s soccer team closes out season with 2-0 win over NC State

Pitt forward Amanda West scored her 10th goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner for the Panthers

The Pitt women’s soccer team played its final game of the season on Thursday night, when NC State came to Ambrose Urbanic Field for a final ACC tilt, and the result was a 2-0 shutout.

The game got off to a slow start, with both sides holding each other scoreless for the first half-hour of action. However, Pitt forward Amanda West broke the silence in the 33rd minute when she found the back of the net with a sliding, left-footed shot.

Ten minutes later, Pitt forward Emily Yaple doubled Pitt’s lead, scoring on a header despite a collision with NC State goalkeeper Maria Echezarreta. The ball was sent in by Pitt defender Hailey Davidson and headed into the air by Yaple. Yaple then headed in a shot just as Echezarreta crashed into her.

The pair of goals gave Pitt a 2-0 lead at halftime, and despite NC State reeling off seven shots and Pitt getting off nine, there would be no change in score in the second half, as Pitt goalkeeper Katherine Robinson posted a clean sheet and Echezarreta could not be beat in the final 45 minutes.

Pitt’s win improved its record to 11-7 on the season and 4-6 in conference. Meanwhile, NC State dropped to 8-8 overall and 4-6 in the ACC. West also solidified her status as Pitt’s top scorer of the 2021 season, as she notched her 10th goal in 11 games. That brought her career total up to 33 and gave her three consecutive 10-goal seasons in three years.