Abiodun Deborah has dedicated her recent goal to her late baby brother after helping her team, the Pittsburgh Panthers, battle and crush the Buckeyes in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at the Ambrose Urbanic Field.
The Sunday evening clash saw the Super Falcons star find the back of the net for Pitt Women’s Soccer against Ohio State.
In a high-scoring encounter over the weekend, the Panthers left the Buckeyes scoreless as they sealed a 6-0 win, with the Nigerian star scoring the first goal of the game.
Abiodun Deborah fired the Pitt Panthers ahead when she rounded off a beautiful assist from Landy Mertz.
Sarah Schupansky then doubled Pitt’s lead before Landy Mertz, the provider, turned scorer as she secured Pitt’s third goal off of a beautiful cross to make it three-nil before the interval.
The goal-scoring spree resumed in the second period of the game as Samiah Phiri scored from a spot kick barely a minute in, making it 4-0 for the Panthers.
The Pitt Panthers kept the goals coming in the second half, with their all-time leading scorer, Amanda West, also adding her name to the scoresheet for the fifth.
Landy Mertz bagged her second assist of the game as she set up Ellie Coffield, who easily sank the sixth goal to complete the rout for the Pittsburgh Panthers.
With the massive 6-0 victory, the Pitt Panthers are moving on to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Shortly after the game, the Super Falcons midfielder, who now boasts four goals and one assist for the American Women’s College team, took to her social media page to dedicate her goal to her late brother.
“Scoring this goal for the University of Pittsburgh on my late baby brother’s birthday means the world to me. Dedicating this one to you, my angel. Keep resting, bro. Much love,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, Abiodun Deborah and her teammates will now be gearing up to face Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.