Sep 6, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime contest to North Carolina State this evening at Dail Soccer field. Pitt falls to 0-1-2 (0-1 ACC) on the season with the loss, while NC State improves to 2-0 (1-0 ACC).
“That was a very tough and frustrating loss tonight,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “Our guys played their best game of the year and played their hearts out. To lose on a disputed goal and come away from this game with nothing, in terms of points, is obviously tremendously disappointing.”
Following 90 scoreless minutes, the Panthers found themselves in their third overtime game in as many contests. After a back and forth first two minutes of overtime, the Wolfpack earned a pair of corners and eventually snuck a ball just past the goal line in the 93rd minute to take the victory. The goal wasn’t without controversy however as it appeared that the Pitt defense had cleared the ball off the goalline, as play continued for a few seconds, before the linesman came in and awarded the goal and victory to NC State.
“We can take a lot from this game,” Luxbacher said. “We were able to go into a hostile environment and compete with a great team. We will learn from our mistakes and use this as motivation going forward in ACC play.”
Coming off a shutout against Longwood, Dan Lynd again played solid between the pipes for the Panthers, making five saves in a losing effort. The best offensive looks for Pitt came from Julian Dickenson in the 86th minute and Nick Wysong in overtime.
The Panthers will return to action on Saturday, September 14, when they host Boston College in their ACC home opener at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.