Panthers suffered their first loss of the season
Sept. 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH - A late first half Cincinnati goal was enough to hand the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team (6-1-2) its first loss of the season as the Bearcats topped the Panthers 1-0 on a rainy and windy Saturday evening at the Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
"I thought a few of our guys didn't have the performance we were looking for," head coach Joe Luxbacher said. "The effort was there, but we just weren't as sharp as Cincinnati. Late in the half you want to be safe with the ball and we weren't; you never want to give up a goal at the end of a half."
UC's John Manga tallied the only goal of the evening at the 43:45 mark of the opening half as he found the lower left corner off a rebound after a great save from Pittsburgh's keeper Lee Johnston. The Bearcats held a 14-7 shots advantage in the first half but Pitt put all seven of their shots on net, compared to six for Cincinnati.
The Panthers were unable to find the equalizer in the second half despite a couple of great chances, including a diving header from freshman Nick Wysong with three minutes remaining which was saved by a sprawling Taylor Hafling, the UC goalie.
The Bearcats outshot the Panthers 18-12 for the contest and tallied seven corner kicks to Pittsburgh's three.
The Panthers are back in action this Tuesday, Sept. 25th against the Navy Midshipman in Pittsburgh's final non-conference contest of the season. Kickoff at Ambrose Urbanic Field is slated for 7 p.m.
GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists
1 43:45 CIN MANGA, John (1) REMALEY, Matt
Passed into far corner after a save and
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS:
YC-CIN #2 (81:31)
Officials: Referee: Dino Sorbara; Asst. Referee: Jay Perkins; Brian Opiela;
Alt. Official: Nick Vuchenich; Timekeeper: Adam Polansky; Scorer: Ted Feeley;
Offsides: Cincinnati 0, PITT 1.