Sept. 23, 2007
JAMAICA, N.Y.-The Pitt men's soccer team fell 4-1 to St. John's Sunday afternoon in Jamaica, N.Y. Freshman midfielder Joe Prince-Wright notched his first career goal, but the Panthers were unable to match the Red Storm offense. Pitt is now 1-6-1 overall and 0-2-0 in the Big East, while St. John's improved to 4-3-1 and 2-0-0.
Neither team posted much offense in the first half as the score remained 0-0 at halftime. It was the Red Storm who tallied the first goal of the day when midfielder Nelson Becerra put St. John's up 1-0 in the 50th minute with a chip from six yards out.
Prince-Wright (Southampton, England/Weston Park/Itchen College) answered minutes later, tying the score at 1-1 with his first career goal off a free kick from Pitt midfielder Orane Gordon (Kingston, Jamaica/Holderness School).
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the 66th minute when Red Storm forward Jeff Stepan regained the lead for St. John's with a header, making the score 2-1. The Red Storm offense never looked back, scoring twice more as Stephan notched another goal in the 70th minute and teammate Michael Luk tallied one of his own for the game's final score of 4-1.
Pitt was outshot 12-3 in the loss as goalkeeper Jordan Marks (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) recorded five saves.
The Panthers are back in action Friday at Founders Field as they host USF at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the Pitt women's soccer team which will host Syracuse following the men's game. Pitt then hosts DePaul on Sunday at Founders Field at 1 p.m.