Panthers Win Fifth-Straight, Open Big East Play on Saturday
Freshman Matt Venanzi First Career Goal in Game-Winner
2012: Saw action in 15 matches, starting seven ... registered one goal (Sept. 16) on six shots.
High School: Four-year varsity starter at Peters Township High School in McMurray, Pa. ...registered 37 goals and 52 assists over scholastic career ... helped lead the Indians to 70 victories and two Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAA championships (freshman and junior seasons) and the WPIAL title game as a senior ... earned host of individual accolades as a senior, including Region II NSCAA All-American, Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association (PSCA) All-State and All-WPIAL teams ... tallied 15 goals and nine assists as a senior ... helped direct Peters to the WPIAL title and state quarterfinal round as a junior, recording 13 goals and 25 assists ... named to Post-Gazette Elite 11 All Conference team ... 2011 WPIAL All-Star Game MVP ... PSCA All-State Team and WPIAL All-Star as a junior... had a combined nine goals and 18 assists during freshman and sophomore campaigns ...
featured on ESPN Rise PA All-State Starting 11 and was ranked by Top Drawer Soccer as 11th best recruit in Pennsylvania ... plays club soccer for Beadling Soccer Club and led them to a state championship ... 2008 U14 National Champions ... member of the Region I (PA) US Youth Soccer ODP squad.
Personal: Son of Mark and Monica Venanzi ... has two older siblings, Paige and Philip ... born on December 29, 1993 ... full name is Matthew Christopher Venanzi ... dad Mark played soccer at Pitt from 1971-75 ... aspires to major in accounting.