Women’s Soccer: Smith Nets Two In Pitt Win

  • April 10, 2010 02:20 PM
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By Tim Goodenow for MSNsportsNET.com
April 10, 2010

  Pitt coach Sue-Moy Chin and the Pitt Panthers present the WVU women’s soccer team with a check for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.
Submitted photo

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mallory Smith scored two goals and Erica Henderson added one in helping West Virginia secure a 3-0 shutout over Pitt on Saturday in game one of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Soccer Invitational at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

After a scoreless first half of the 70-minute match, the Mountaineers needed just 36 seconds into the second session to find the back of the net. Forward Morgan Betscher worked the ball into the right corner of the field and sent a cross into the middle where Henderson finished a diving header inside the right post for the 1-0 lead.

Minutes later WVU extended its lead to 2-0 off the foot of Smith in the 40th minute. Defender Bry McCarthy sent a ball from outside the center circle, using the wind to carry the ball into the box and off the cross bar. Henderson fired a quick shot with Pitt’s goalkeeper coming up with a save and forcing the ball back into the box. Smith one-timed the deflection into the back of the net from eight-yards out.

Smith finished the scoring with her second goal of the contest at the 56:06 mark off a WVU corner kick. McCarthy served a perfect ball into the middle of the box where Smith was left wide open. Smith settled the ball, took one dribble and beat Pitt’s goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

The Mountaineers outshot Pitt 21-5 and held a 4-1 corner kick advantage in the unofficial stats.

West Virginia’s best scoring chance of the first half came with 17:22 left on a low liner from forward Megan Mischler. Her shot was pushed wide on a diving save by the Panther goalie.

Eighteen different Mountaineers saw action on the afternoon, including WVU goalkeepers Kerri Butler and Sara Keane each working 35 minutes between the posts.

Following the contest, in which West Virginia wore its pink jerseys in support of raising breast cancer awareness, Pitt coach Sue-Moy Chin and her players presented West Virginia with a $1,500 check to support WVU’s efforts to raise funds for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.

“We are thrilled Sue-Moy and her team again donated money for breast cancer research,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “Today’s game officials also donated their paychecks. It’s gestures like these that help our cause and bring attention to the deadly disease that is breast cancer.”

The Mountaineers return to action at 5 p.m. this evening against Akron in game two of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Soccer Invitational. Admission is free and open to the public.