Lisa Gmitter-Pittaro

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Lisa Gmitter-Pittaro
Personal information
Birth name Lisa Gmitter
Date of birth (1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 54)[1]
Place of birth New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Playing position Forward[1]
Youth career
0000–1982 Steinert Spartans
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 George Mason Patriots 84 (64)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
New Jersey Wildcats
Maryland Pride
National team
1986–1987 United States 12 (3)
Teams managed
Steinert Spartans Boys' JV
Steinert Spartans (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lisa Gmitter-Pittaro (born May 22, 1965) is an American former soccer player who played as a forward, making twelve appearances for the United States women's national team.

Career[edit]

Raised in Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, Gmitter-Pittaro played for the Steinert Spartans in high school, where she was a three-time All-American and set the school career record with 177 goals.[2][3][4] She also played basketball and volleyball while at Steinert.[5] In college, she played for the George Mason Patriots from 1983 to 1986, helping the team to win the 1985 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. In total, she scored 64 goals and recorded 18 assists in 84 appearances for the Patriots. Her career goal tally ranks second in school history, while her career points (goals and assists) of 146 ranks third. She was an NSCAA All-American in all four seasons, being included in the first team in 1983, 1985, and 1986, and the third team in 1984. She was also an NSCAA First-Team All-Region in all four seasons, and was Soccer America Player of the Year in 1985. She was included in the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1983, where she was chosen as the offensive MVP, the championship-winning 1985 tournament, and 1986.[6]

Gmitter-Pittaro made her international debut for the United States on July 7, 1986 in the 1986 North American Cup friendly tournament against Canada. In total, she made twelve appearances for the U.S. and scored three goals,[7] earning her final cap on December 20, 1987 in a friendly match against Chinese Taipei.[1]

She played club soccer for the New Jersey Wildcats and Maryland Pride.[5] However, her career was sidelined due to injury.[8]

Gmitter-Pittaro later coached youth soccer, including the boys' junior varsity team at Steinert High School. She was inducted into Steinert's Hall of Fame in 2006, and is a member of the Mercer County Athletic Hall of Fame and Mercer County Soccer Hall of Fame.[5] She was also included in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer 25th Anniversary Team in 2006.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gmitter-Pittaro has worked as a teacher in the Hamilton Township School District,[10] and is married to former professional baseball player Chris Pittaro. She has two children with Chris, as well as a stepdaughter.[11] Her daughter Giana played soccer for the Yale Bulldogs,[12] while her son C.J. is a high school baseball player.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

United States[1]
Year Apps Goals
1986 6 1
1987 6 2
Total 12 3

International goals[edit]

No. Date Location Opponent Result Competition
1 July 9, 1986 Blaine, Minnesota, United States  Canada 1–2 1986 North American Cup
2 December 16, 1987 Taipei, Taiwan  Australia 6–0 Friendly
3 December 19, 1987 Taipei, Taiwan  Canada 4–0 Friendly

Honors[edit]

United States

  • 1986 North American Cup[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "2019 U.S. Women's National Team Media Guide" (PDF). United States Soccer Federation. 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Wildcats FC Trainers". Hamilton Girls Soccer Club. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Fisher, Rich (April 16, 2019). "Lisa Gmitter Pittaro soaks up USWNT reunion, remembers team's earliest days". The Trentonian. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Fisher, Rich (November 30, 2015). "Gmitter, Pittaro continue families' proud history at Steinert". Community News. Archived from the original on August 18, 2019. Retrieved August 16, 2019. Two of the biggest cogs on this year's team are also part of Hamilton Township sports royalty.... Her mother, Lisa, is Steinert's varsity assistant and the school's all-time goal scorer with 177.
  5. ^ a b c "Lisa (Gmitter) Pittaro". Steinert High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "George Mason: Women's Soccer Information Guide" (PDF). George Mason Patriots. July 17, 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "Pioneer at Practice". United States Soccer Federation. May 20, 2012. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Cuyler, Greta (May 18, 2012). "U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Trains at Princeton University". Patch Media. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Awards: Six Tar Heels head 25th Anniversary Team". Soccer America. October 13, 2006. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Anthes, Rob (August 31, 2015). "Soccer legend Lisa Gmitter-Pittaro still plays at full-speed". Community News. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  11. ^ ""Where are the National Champions Now?": Lisa (Gmitter) Pittaro". George Mason Patriots. October 25, 2005. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "Giana Pittaro". Yale Bulldogs. 2018. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Miller, Sean (May 14, 2017). "Mercer County baseball notebook: Steinert freshman Pittaro has Hamilton sports royalty in blood; rankings". NJ Advance. Archived from the original on August 15, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019 – via NJ.com.
  14. ^ "This Day in Football from 9–15 July". CanadaSoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. July 9, 2012. Archived from the original on August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2019.