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Sept. 25, 2012

Box Score

PITTSBURGH – Pitt men’s soccer could not sustain an early lead, falling to Navy by a 3-1 score on Tuesday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.

 “We started slow and let Navy get into their tempo and for some reason it was tough to get into our tempo,” said head coach Joe Luxbacher. “The first 25 minutes of the second half we played very well, but then they scored the third goal and that was it. They are a good team, but so are we. I can’t point fingers at it (before looking at film), but we didn’t play well for 90 minutes. We played well in spurts, but not a complete game which was the difference.”

The Panthers (6-2-2) scored the game’s first goal in the 10th minute off a free kick opportunity. Junior John Cordier served a ball from the far side, hooking it into the box from over 40 yards out. The ball was on target for junior Alex Harrison, who headed it in to the right corner for a 1-0 Pitt lead. The tally was the first of the season for Harrison.

The Midshipmen (5-2-1) registered 13 of their 21 shots in the first half and found the net twice in the period. After tying the game at 1-1 in the 23rd minute, Navy capitalized on a Pitt miscue 21 minutes later to take the lead for good.  

An errant pass led to a breakaway from freshman forward Thomas Shiiba. He scooted the ball over to teammate Geoff Fries, who fired a bouncing ball up and over Pitt goalkeeper Lee Johnston.

The Panthers had several opportunities in the second half to net the equalizer as five of their seven total shots came in the period. Navy added an insurance goal in the 79th minute, a rebound goal scored when Giiehti Christian followed a missed shot by Shiiba. The forward’s direct shot was stopped by Johnston, but bounced out of his reach allowing Christian to tap in the score en route to Navy’s fifth-straight win. Johnston closed with eight saves in the game.

The contest closed out non-conference play for Pitt. The Panthers resume Big East action on Saturday, Sept. 29 when they host No. 5 Georgetown for Youth Team Night. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Navy 3, Pitt 1

September 25, 2012, Pittsburgh


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Pitt Men's Soccer Falls to Navy, 3-1

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