TUCSON, Ariz. (Sept. 8) -- The University of Arizona women's soccer team was edged, 2-1, in overtime by Pittsburgh during the Cats' home opener on Friday.
Wildcat sophomore midfielder NAOMI CHU (Thousand Oaks, CA/Westlake HS) put the Cats ahead early with her first collegiate goal at the 16:31 mark.
Pittsburgh sophomore midfielder Laura Marsh knotted the game in the 74th minute, when she recovered the ball during a scramble in front of the Arizona goal. Freshman forward Annette Agredano, who is a graduate of Tucson High, won the game for Pittsburgh just three minutes into the overtime, with sophomore forward Leah Greenspoon assisting.
Arizona junior goalkeeper SHANNON MONTI (Phoenix, AZ/Shadow Mountain HS) played all 105 minutes in the nets for the Cats, garnering four saves. Pittsburgh keeper Rachel Brown racked up six saves.
"We played a great first half," said first-year head coach Cathy Klein. "We had eight more shots than they did, so we generated enough offense to win the game. Pittsburgh really handed it to us in the second half and overtime. They beat us fair and square.
"We lack a go-to person. We are going to win and lose games literally as a team. We are going to attack with seven players or we are going to lose.
"Under pressure, we don't make the right decisions. All the intentions in the world don't mean a lot at this point. It's time we put out actions where our mouth is. There are no more excuses."
The Wildcats drop to 0-2-0 on the year, and Pittsburgh stops a three-game losing skid, improving to 2-3-0. Arizona remains at home for a contest against Utah on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 12 p.m.