Pitt releases quarterback
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst released troubled freshman quarterback Tra’Von Chapman from his scholarship on Friday, less than a month after Chapman pleaded guilty to assaulting a former girlfriend.
Chryst said in a statement it’s in “everyone’s best interest” for Chapman to continue his career elsewhere.
The 19-year-old Chapman from Kent, Ohio, enrolled in Pittsburgh in January after a standout career at Theodore Roosevelt High. He was arrested in Kent on April 26 and charged with one count of assault and one count of unlawful restraint.
Chapman pleaded guilty on July 29 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 40 hours of community service and a $200 fine. He spent three days in jail, with the remaining 87 days suspended. Chapman had been suspended indefinitely prior to his dismissal.
Duquesne trips St. Francis
PITTSBURGH – Forward A.J. Baroffio scored 2:12 into overtime as Duquesne outlasted the St. Francis University women’s soccer team, 1-0, Friday in the season opener for both squads.
The late marker – a header resulting from an Amy Vinopal cross – was the lone blemish in Red Flash goalkeeper Jessica Andrew’s first collegiate appearance in net. The junior made 10 saves in the first two periods of play.
The Dukes seized momentum in the first half, outshooting St. Francis, 12-5, and collecting eight corner kicks, six more than the Flash.
St. Francis’ MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Tesa McKibben took a match-high six shots, five on Dukes goal keeper Devon Tabata.
The Red Flash welcome Morehead State for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.