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Opinion | Believe victims even if you don’t like them
Opinion | Believe victims even if you don’t like them
By Delaney Rauscher Adams, Staff Columnist • July 12, 2024
Opinion | Women pop stars and the pressure to evolve
By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor • July 10, 2024

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Opinion | Believe victims even if you don’t like them
Opinion | Believe victims even if you don’t like them
By Delaney Rauscher Adams, Staff Columnist • July 12, 2024
Opinion | Women pop stars and the pressure to evolve
By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor • July 10, 2024

Pitt women’s soccer finishes historic season with a heartbreaking defeat to No. 1 Florida State

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Nate Yonamine | Senior Staff Photographer
First year midfielder Deborah Abiodun (8) strikes the ball during Saturday night’s game against Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the Petersen Sports Complex.

Pitt women’s soccer finished their historic 2023 season with a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of juggernaut Florida State 3-0. The Panthers fell to the unbeaten Seminoles three times this season.

The final score doesn’t tell the story of the game. The game was locked at 0-0 through the first period. Pitt sophomore goalkeeper Ellie Breech kept the Panthers in it with three saves on nine Seminoles’ shots in the first period. But the Panthers couldn’t capitalize on their stellar goalkeeping.

The Panthers had just two shots on goal in the first period, both saved by Seminoles’ senior goalkeeper Cristina Roque. 

Through the first 17:56 of the second period, Breech continued her efforts, saving another Seminole shot. But at the 62:56 mark, the Panthers fouled the Seminoles, leading to a penalty kick that the Seminoles capitalized on to take a 1-0 lead. 

Five minutes later the Panthers fouled the Seminoles once more, leading to a second penalty kick. The Seminoles capitalized again, extending their lead 2-0. A minute later the Seminoles took an insurmountable 3-0.

The Panthers fought throughout the last 22 minutes but they failed to score a goal.

While the ending isn’t what they wanted, the Panthers made history this season by reaching their first-ever Elite Eight. 

About the Contributor
Jermaine Sykes, Assistant Sports Editor
Jermaine Sykes is the Assistant Sports Editor for The Pitt News. He is a part of the College of Business and Administration class of 2024 and is double majoring in Marketing and Human Resources Management. He is also pursuing a Sports Management certificate and an Economics minor. He has written over 90 articles as a member of the sports staff.