Aug. 26, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Pitt men's soccer captured its first win of the season on Sunday, a 1-0 victory over Howard at Rooney Field on Sunday afternoon. The game was part of the Duquesne Invitational.
The Panthers (1-0-1) outshot Howard, 23-10, for the game which included a 16-5 shot advantage in the second half. Pitt also held a 14-4 edge in in corner kicks.
For the two-game event, freshman Nick Wysong earned the praise of the fellow coaches - picking up co-MVP honors. Also named to the Duquesne Invitational team were Lee Johnston, Alex Harrison and Kevin Fielden.
"We were looking to push and score a second goal in the second half," said head coach Joe Luxbacher after the game. "We would take a chance and then there goalkeeper makes a save right away and now they are countering us. there's a situation where we want to possess the ball and wait for something to open up. We got into a track race and that's not what you want to do if you are winning one to nothing. But, the win is in the book."
Pitt had some great chances in the first stanza prior to its score. Wysong ripped a shot from 20 yards out in the 10th minute which looked to be a winner as it curved just under the crossbar. The ball was batted out of the box by Howard goalkeeper Michael Bellot, who is listed at 6-8 on the squad's roster.
The Panthers notched the match's first and only score in the 41st minute. Wysong dribbled the ball down the right wing, getting past his defender and passing it to sophomore Ryan Myers. Myers settled the pass and one-timed it with his left foot in for his first career goal.
Pitt had a host of opportunities in the second half of play. Myers darted up the right side and slid a great pass through two defenders to Cory Werth. Werth's shot attempt was stopped short by Bellot, who racked up eight saves in the game.
"Nick (Wysong) beat his defender and played it square across to me and I one-timed it in," said Myers of the tally. "Your best defense is to keep the ball .They can't score if they don't have the ball. We have to be confident in what we are going and keep knocking the ball around, control possession."
Pitt is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting Saint Francis (Pa) at 2 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
For more on the contest, including post-game interviews go to www.facebook/PittMensSoccer.
Niagara was the tournament winner based on goal-differential. Nigara and Pitt were tied at 1-0-1 in the tourney with the tie coming against each other. Niagara outscored its oppponents by two goals, Pitt outscored its opponents by one goal.
Duquesne Invitational All-Tournament Team
Nick Wysong - Pitt - Co-MVP
Lee Johnston - Pitt
Alex Harrison - Pitt
Kevin Fielden - Pitt
Rene De Zorzi - Niagara - Co-MVP
Damiel Ulicny - Niagara
Bryan Da Cruz - Niagara
Julian Ekeze - Niagara
Simon Gomez - Duquesne
Joshua Patterson - Duquesne
Carter Poe - Duquesne
Rahman Alarape - Howard
Phillip Coker - Howard