Sept. 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team (0-2-2, 0-2 ACC) dropped a hard fought 2-1 contest to Boston College (2-2-1, 1-1 ACC) this evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field in its ACC home opener.
“It was a very disappointing loss because I thought we played our best game thus far,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “When you’re playing top teams every week, even if you’re playing well, you’ve got to close it out. The effort was there. We played well but if you have a few lapses when you’re playing at this level that can determine the outcome.”
The Panthers were able to get on the board first when Zane Meehan found the back of the net off a beautiful feed from Ryan Myers. Off of a free kick from 25 yards out, Myers got the ball to Meehan’s foot and the junior was able to get a flick on it, placing the ball into the goal beating the keeper low and to the far right post.
Pitt controlled tempo for the remainder of the first half and went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles came out with aggression to start the second half and nearly knotted the score in the 65th minute but Dan Lynd came up with a big save for the Panthers.
Pitt quickly came back with a chance of its own a few minutes later when Myers again sent in a beautiful ball from just outside the box which found the head of Cory Werth but BC’s Keady Segel leaped and got a hand on it keeping the lead at a single goal.
Boston College turned up the pressure as time ran down hitting the post in the 77th
minute and forcing Lynd to make a diving save in the 78th
before finally breaking through with a goal in the 81st
minute to tie the match.
The Panthers had a few chances to retake the lead shortly after the BC goal but a shot from Chris Davis went wide and a rifle off the foot of Romeo Charron was blocked by the referee.
After Nico Wrobel narrowly missed on a touch early in the 89th minute, the Eagles pushed forward off of the goal kick and wound up scoring the go-ahead goal with a mere 1:05 left in the game sending Pitt to its second-consecutive ACC heartbreaker.
“It comes down to one or two plays,” Luxbacher said. “Right before they scored Nico had a volley that hit the outside of the net and if that ball goes in we probably win 2-1 but he misses it by a foot and then they make it by a foot. I thought we played our most complete game but you cannot lose focus for a moment and we did.”
The Panthers will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 21, when they welcome No. 15 Wake Forest to Ambrose Urbanic Field for a 7 p.m. contest.