Aug 30, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team tied Oakland, 2-2, this evening in front of a record crowd of 1,388 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
“It was a wild game, wide open, more wide open than we’d like,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “Our keeper saved us in the first half and in the second half and overtime we had some excellent chances but just weren’t able to capitalize and put the game away.”
The Panthers struck first in the first half when Ryan Myers rifled a shot into the lower right corner of the net off of a free kick from just outside the box. After the Myers goal, OU had several chances to tie the game but Pitt keeper Dan Lynd made three big saves to keep the Panthers lead at 1-0 going into the break.
Oakland pushed the pace to begin the second half and were able to even the game in the 68th minute before Pitt retook the lead a mere four minutes later. After being awarded a corner, Nick Wysong delivered a perfect ball into the box which was deflected into the back of the net by Chu Chu Onyeukwu giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately for Pitt the lead didn’t hold up as the Golden Grizzlies answered in the 86th minute to send the game into overtime.
After a back and forth first overtime where both teams failed to generate any substantial chances, the Panthers looked to have the game won on a Ryan McKenzie shot from the middle of the box, however the shot nicked the crossbar with a mere 1:15 on the clock and went out of bounds. Pitt and OU each had shots in the final minute but neither proved to be much of a threat as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Panthers will return to action on Sunday, September 1, when they host Longwood University at 3 p.m.