Sept. 21, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team (0-3-2, 0-3 ACC) dropped a 2-0 contest to Wake Forest (4-2-0, 3-0 ACC) this evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
“I thought we were timid early on and then in the second half we played much better soccer,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “They’re a very good team but again I think that we can play better. The main thing is that we’ve got to play with confidence. We had some chances, especially in the second half, and we’ve just got to put them away and if we do it’s a 2-1 ballgame and anything can happen.”
The Demon Deacons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals in the 8th and 12th minutes before the Panthers were able to regroup and keep Wake Forest off the boards for the remaining 72 minutes of the match thanks in large part to Dan Lynd who recorded a career-best 10 saves.
“Dan physically is a very good goalkeeper but he has the right mentality as well. He’s tough but always in control and is a good field general for the entire team. He’s really starting to come into his own,” Luxbacher said.
Pitt’s best chances came in the 65th minute when a header from Zane Meehan off of a set piece just sailed over the net and in the 66th minute when Romeo Charron fired a shot from just inside the box but the Wake keeper was able to come up with a big save to keep the home team off the scoreboard.
The Panthers will return to action on Friday, Sept. 27, when they play at Maryland.