Aug. 18, 2012
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The Pitt men's soccer team began its exhibition season on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Marshall at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.
Sophomore Cory Werth scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 61st minute to put the Panthers ahead to stay. Sophomore goalkeeper Lee Johnston had four saves.
The teams played a scoreless opening period, but in the second the Panthers' offense took off. After being out-shot, 8-4, in the first 45 minutes, Pitt posted a 12-4 shot advantage in the second half.
Marshall scored the game's first tally in the 48th minute off a header from Cody Partyka. Twelve minutes later, Pitt tallied the equalizer credited to Julian Dickenson. The Panthers would score two more goals over the next nine minutes, both coming from Werth. The first was unassisted and the second resulted on a good ball from freshman Michael Tuohy.
"The guys did a solid job against a very competitive team," said head coach Joe Luxbacher. "It is only one step in the process of building a quality team, but it was a positive one."
The Panthers continue exhibition play on Monday, August 20, hosting California (PA) at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.