Aug. 20, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Playing its first game at home of the preseason, the Pitt Panthers used a strong second half to defeat California (Pa.) 3-0 in an exhibition match on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
Seniors Michael Tuohy and Cory Werth each registered goals for the Panthers while freshman Raj Kahlon found the back of the net to open the scoring. Senior Chu Chu Onyeukwu, sophomore Romeo Charron and freshman Darcy Bloemen all added assists.
Sophomore netminder Braden Horton and junior Dan Lynd combined for the shutout. Horton started in goal and made one save. Lynd played the final 45 minutes and turned away two shots.
The game was knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the break, but the Panthers looked to gain momentum shortly before the horn. In what had been a back-and-forth affair, Bloemen rung a shot off the crossbar from 10 yards outside the box with less than three minutes to go.
It was only a matter of two minutes, 19 seconds into the second half that Kahlon broke the scoreless tie. In a sequence that featured four great one-timing passes, Kahlon started with the ball centered and found senior Dan Prete. Prete sent the ball to Bloemen on the right who returned the ball to Charron in the middle of the field. With his back turned to the goal, Charron dumped a pass to Kahlon who one-timed a shot to the lower left for the 1-0 lead.
Looking to even things up in the 66th minute, Cal played a ball into the box and Jesse Scheirer got a sliding shot off, but Lynd was there for the save to protect the shutout.
That would be the closest the Vulcans would get as Tuhoy extended the lead to 2-0 in the 79th minute on a free kick just outside the box following a yellow card by Cal.
Pitt took advantage of a spectacular save by Lynd in the 87th minute, punching away a shot from point blank range. On the ensuing possession for the Panthers, Onyeukwu juked out a pair of defenders and the keeper inside the box and centered a pass to a wide-open Werth for the tap-in.
Cal goalie Shane Donovan played the entire 90 minutes and made three saves.
The Panthers will conclude their exhibition slate on Sunday, Aug. 24 at home against cross-town rival Duquesne. Sunday's affair will cap a triple-header at Ambrose Urbanic Field with the Pitt women set to host the Steel City Classic. Both schools' women's programs will face off against each other in the second game of the day. For the entire weekend, Pitt is partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank with a goal of collecting 700 pounds of canned goods.