Aug. 26, 2011
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Robert Morris University on Friday at North Athletic Complex. The contest was the season opener for both squads.
Sophomore transfer Nico Wrobel (Berlin, Germany) notched the Panthers' lone score, a penalty kick goal in the 61st minute.
"They had two shots on goal and they scored two (goals) and we had 18 shots with 11 corners. We had the chances, balls off the post and we did not take some opportunities when we were in front of the goal," said head coach Joe Luxbacher.
"Some of veteran guys did not play like we needed them to play today. I expected the freshmen to have jitters (in the) first game and the first game away from home, but we need our key guys to play big. They have been here before. I thought we had a better game: more shots, controlled the ball more so yes, the result is disappointing for sure."
Pitt outshot RMU, 18-7, which included an 11-2 shots on goal advantage. The Panthers took 11 corners, seven in the second half.
The Colonials tallied the game's first strike on a goal from Miro Cabrilo on a perfectly placed pass from Frances Bowman in the 11th minute. Bowman floated a high ball across the Pitt defense to find Cabrilo who one-timed it from 16 yards out into the far left corner of the net.
The Panthers had several good looks in the first half, peppering RMU goalkeeper Toba Bolaji with 11 shots - seven of those on goal. In a pair that originated off a corner kick, Alex Harrison (Isle of Man, United Kingdom) directed a head ball which was tapped down and out of the box. Two minutes later, freshmen Manny Morgado (Kussussauga, Ontario) drilled a hard shot which was stopped by Bolaji.
RMU pulled ahead, 2-0, in the 59th minute on a steal in the midfield that resulted in a goal from Prince Samuels.
Pitt answered two minutes later when Wrobel converted the free strike, delivering a shot into the top shelf.
The Panthers would have several opportunities to even the score in the second period. One of the best chances occurred with 13 minutes to go off a corner kick sent in from freshman Matt Walbert (South Park, Pa.). Freshman Chu Chu Onyeukwu (Austell, Ga.) came up with the ball, turning and firing only to see his attempt kicked out of the box by a RMU defender.
Pitt controlled the momentum in the final four minutes, but were still unable to register an equalizer. Defender Robert Iledare (Baton Rouge, La.) saw his attempt in the waning seconds stopped by Bolaji.
The Panthers fell to 32-21-5 all-time in season starters, including a 10-13 mark in road season openers. Pitt moves to 16-11-2 all-time versus Robert Morris.
Pitt is back in action on Monday, Aug. 29, traveling to St. Francis (PA). Game time is set for 4 p.m. in Loretto, Pa.
Shots: Pitt 18, RMU 7
SOG: Pitt 11, RMU 2
Corner Kicks: Pitt 11, RMU
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