Sept. 21, 2007
SYRACUSE-The Pitt men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to undefeated Syracuse Friday evening in a game that marked both teams' Big East opener. The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-5-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in Big East play, while the Orange improves to 4-0-3 and 1-0-0.
Neither team scored in the defensive battle until Syracuse midfielder Hansen Woodruff notched his fifth goal of the season in the 67th minute, putting the Orange up 1-0. Minutes later, Panther midfielder E.J. McCormick (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) attempted to tie the game with a shot that was blocked by Syracuse goalkeeper Robert Cavicchia.
With just over four minutes remaining in the game, Woodruff scored again for Syracuse's final score and 2-0 lead.
Pitt recorded 10 shots on the day while Syracuse tallied 15. Sophomore midfielder Matt Baker (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem) tallied the first shot on goal of the game in the 10th minute but was denied by Cavicchia who notched four saves.
The Panthers will continue conference play in Jamaica, N.Y. as they travel to St. John's for a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup. Pitt will then host USF on Friday, Sept. 28 at Founders Field in a 4 p.m. game and DePaul on Sunday, Sept. 30 in a 1 p.m. contest.