PITTSBURGH – Freshman Nick Wysong scored twice to lead Pitt men’s soccer to a 2-0 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday evening at the Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
The Panthers (6-0-2) posted their fifth-straight victory and remained unbeaten on the season.
Wysong – the reigning Big East Rookie of the Week - has scored five goals over the past three games.
“(The) first half we weren’t playing the way we wanted to defensively and in the midfield. As a team we did very well in the second half and that led to the goals out of our defensive back towards the middle and on top,” said Wysong. “I guess with my goals I was in the right spot at the right time – it was perfect feeds from both players and total team effort.”
After a stagnant first half, the Panthers erupted for two scores in the decisive second period.
Freshman Matt Venanzi dribbled up the middle of the field, flipping the ball to junior Cory Werth at the 18 yard line. Werth dropped the ball over to Wysong, who fired it from the right side and into the deep left corner from 12 yards as the Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the 71st minute.
Pitt added an insurance goal in the 86th minute in what was almost a carbon copy spot on the field for Wysong. Venanzi crossed to his classmate, who darted 15 yards upfield. After grabbing a step on his defender, he buried a shot with his left foot into the left shelf to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage.
"The first half they had us chasing the ball. we made some adjustments at halftime and the guys decided they were going to play a bit harder," said head coach Joe Luxbacher after the game. "I dont want to make excuses, but we have some tired legs having played three games in past six or seven games. It was a good win and Nick scored some great goals and we played much better in the second half."
The Panthers are now off to their best start through eight games since 1986 (7-0-1). The five-game win streak is the longest for a Pitt team since 2002.
Pitt opens Big East play on Saturday, Sept. 22, entertaining Cincinnati at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
Pitt 2, RMU 0 September 19, 2012, Pittsburgh, Pa. – Ambrose Urbanic Field