Sept. 17, 2007
PITTSBURGH-The Pitt men's soccer team captured its first victory of the season with a 2-1 overtime win over Saint Joseph's Monday evening at Founders Field. Captain Matt Langton and sophomore Matt Baker both scored their first goals of the season as the Panthers improved to 1-4-1, while the Hawks fell to 1-4-0.
Saint Joseph's scored first in the 15th minute when midfielder Tom Johnson found teammate Greg Dusing in front of the Panther net. Dusing registered the Hawk's first shot of the game, scoring in the lower-right corner of the goal to put Saint Joseph's up 1-0.
The Pitt offense outshot the Hawks 10-2 through the first half, but was unable to find the net as the game remained 1-0 at halftime. The Panthers came close to tying the game in the 49th minute when Baker (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem) sent a hard shot toward Hawks goalkeeper Bryan Benedict. Benedict deflected Baker's shot as Pitt midfielder Ryan Brode (Setauket, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) controlled the rebound and shot into an open Saint Joseph's net. Two Hawks' defenders dove in front of Brode's shot, keeping the score at 1-0.
Minutes later, Pitt responded again with another offensive charge. This time, Brode took the first shot at Benedict, who once again deflected the incoming ball. Langton (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) was there for the rebound and shot into the empty net, tying the game at 1-1.
The score remained tied throughout regulation, as the Pitt offense continued to outplay Saint Joseph's. The Panthers registered another 11 shots in the second half, while the Hawks tallied just one.
It didn't take long for Pitt's offensive persistence to pay off. One minute into the first overtime period, Baker capitalized on a deflected shot from Brode, scoring his first goal of the season and giving the Panthers the 2-1 overtime win.
Benedict registered 11 saves on the day, while Saint Joseph's notched just three shots to the Panthers' 23. Pitt goalkeeper Eric Barnes (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken/George Mason) recorded his first win as a Panther while tallying one save.
Pitt travels to New York this weekend as it plays at Syracuse on Friday in a 7 p.m. match before meeting St. John's on Sunday at 1 p.m.