Aug. 20, 2012
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team played rival California PA to a 2-2 tie in its second exhibition of the 2012 season on Monday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
With this evening’s game, the Panthers have completed their exhibition season and officially kick off the fall campaign on Friday, August 20 at the Duquesne Invitational. Pitt takes on Niagara at 5:30 p.m.
The Vulcans jumped out to a 1-0 advantage goal from Jesse Brior in the 10th minute. He ripped a right-footer from six yards out into the far left corner.
After a failing to tally a shot in the first 23 minutes, the Panthers got some great looks in the later part of the stanza. Sophomore Cory Werth had a stellar look at the goal in the in the 25th minute off a pass from classmate Dan Prete, but his shot sailed right as the Vulcans stayed on top at the break.
Cal PA jumped ahead, 2-0, on Brior’s second score of the evening - just 41 seconds into the second half. The ball sailed just past the outstretched arms of Pitt goalkeeper Mark Hast. Pitt, however, got on the scoreboard less than a minute later on a goal from freshman Kevin Fielden. From just inside the white hash, he sent a direct kick just right center.
The Panthers tallied the equalizer in the 62nd minute off the foot of newcomer Michael Tuohy. He one-timed it past his defender and the Vulcans’ goalkeeper, softly sending the ball over the heads of both defenders and into the back of the net.
Pitt played 20 players on its roster, including rotating three goalkeepers. The Panthers’ starting line-up featured nine underclassmen.