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Pitt Men's Soccer Wins Fourth-Straight, Beats Rival Duquesne 2-1




Sept. 16, 2012

Box Score

PITTSBURGH - Pitt men's soccer grabbed its fourth-straight victory and remained unbeaten on the season with a 2-1 win at Duquesne on Sunday afternoon at Rooney Field.

Freshman Matt Venanzi - a local product out of Peter's Township High School - delivered the game-winner in the 70th minute.

The Panthers (5-0-2) notched the game's first goal on their first shot of the game when junior forward Nico Wrobel found the net wide open from 10 yards out in the fifth minute. The goal - the 100th shot of the season for Pitt - was Wrobel's team-best fifth of the season with freshman Nick Wysong assisting on the score.

Duquesne forward Carter Sell registered the equalizer in the 19th minute. He directed a hard shot at the box from 18 yards out, which was blocked by Pitt defender John Cordier. The rebound bounced back to Sell, who one-timed it just inside the left corner of the box to knot the game at 1-1. 

The Panthers scored the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute. The Panthers were working the ball on their end when Venanzi stopped a ball and began the drive up the middle of the field. He was fouled and awarded a direct shot from 30 yards away, chipping the ball high and over Duquesne goalkeeper Sam Frymier.

Pitt and Duquesne (3-4-0) each tallied 12 shots - but the teams combined for only five shots on goal.

The Panthers host rival Robert Morris on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., before entering conference play on Sat., Sept. 22 versus Cincinnati at home.

Pitt, who finished the 2011 season with a 4-13 mark, has five wins in seven games to start this season.