Aug. 17, 2014
LORETTO, Pa. - Despite controlling the ball for much of the game, Pittsburgh fell to Saint Francis 2-0 in both teams' first exhibition match of the season on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Stokes Soccerplex.
Pitt not only outshot Saint Francis 9-5, including 5-2 in the first half, but also had a 4-0 advantage on corner kicks. The Panthers, however, were unable to convert on any of their opportunities.
"From the run of play, we played pretty well. We possessed the ball pretty well. We created some chances. We had more shots than them, and they're a pretty good team," said head coach Joe Luxbacher. "But we didn't make the best of our possessions. When we possessed the ball, we got into their end safely and got set up how we wanted. But we didn't create enough quality chances, which is what we have to do."
The Red Flash opened the scoring in the 11th minute with Andres Vega receiving a pass from Brendan McGhee and depositing it into the bottom left of the net passed the outstretched reach of junior Dan Lynd.
Pitt's first chance came six minutes later, but Saint Francis starting goalkeeper Andrew Garcia turned away a header by freshman Kevin Angulo and shot just moments later by junior Patrick Dixon.
In the 57th minute, the Panthers looked to even the score on a corner kick that found its way to sophomore Kevin Murray, however Garcia came up with the save again.
Saint Francis took advantage of the missed opportunity and a Pitt miscue to put the game out of reach at 59:36 after the Red Flash intercepted a Pitt pass in the penalty box and Troye Kiernan found Matt Loughnane for the easy score.
Looking to cut the lead in half in the 79th minute, freshman Darcy Bloemen sent a corner kick into the box. Senior Zane Meehan got a header on it, but was denied by the crossbar.
"There were some positives. I thought we possessed the ball well, we got numbers in the attack, we cut in good spots," said Luxbacher. "We just didn't make the best of our chances. It's stuff that can be corrected."
Lynd played the first half in goal and sophomore Braden Horton relieved him for the second half, making one stop. Garcia made five saves in 59:36 of work for the Red Flash.
The Panthers resume their exhibition slate with a home game on Wednesday, Aug. 20 against California (Pa.) at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
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