PITTSBURGH – Pitt men’s soccer dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 5 Georgetown on Saturday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. A season-high crowd of 834 - and the second largest attendance in the two-year facility - was on hand for Youth Team Night.
“The effort is good,” said head coach Joe Luxbacher. “I told these guys that everyone is going to work hard and it has to be effort with a focus. Sometimes we are working very hard, but we are not doing the right things. Focusing that effort toward how we really want to play is what we need to do better (as a team).”
GU (10-0-1, 2-0-0) got its first two goals from leading scorer Brandon Allen. The first was a breakaway that saw Steve Neumann slide the ball right to left to Allen to put the Hoyas up 1-0 in the 21st minute.
The Panthers (6-3-2, 0-2-0) held GU at bay until a bad pass in the midline would give the visitors a 2-0 edge in the 68th minute. Allen would again be the recipient, dropping in the rebound shot past Pitt goalkeeper Lee Johnston.
After only recording two shots in the first half, the Panthers regrouped offensively in the second half to tally nine of its 11 total shots. Pitt recorded six shots on goal in the game – all in the second stanza.
Chu Chu Onyeukwu and Alex Fishchetti would each have great looks over a strong 20-minute period, sending strikes into the box which were stopped short by GU netminder Keon Parsa.
The first corner earned by Pitt would also result in its lone goal. Redshirt freshman Ryan Myers sent the ball into the box from the far side, which bounced off a GU defender and straight to the foot of junior John Cordier. The co-captain one-timed it from six yards out for his second goal of the season
The game still was reachable as Cordier was able to grab another deflection two minutes later, however the ball sailed high and to keep Pitt down a goal.An intercepted pass in the midfield would lead to the third and final tally for the Hoyas. Neumann sent the ball top shelf over Johnston to the insurance score.
Johnston finished with 11 saves as 14 of GU’s 21 shots were on goal.
“The second half we were in their end a lot more and I think we can build on that (and take it into Notre Dame), especially our second half play,” Cordier said after the game. “Georgetown is a top-five team because they are able to take advantage (of miscues) and we were able to do that with my goal. It took a bounce and we finished it.”
After playing eight of its first 11 games at home, Pitt hits the road for the next two weeks beginning with an Oct. 3 contest at Notre Dame.
No. 5 Georgetown 3, Pitt 1 September 29, 2012, Pittsburgh, Ambrose Urbanic Field
Goals by Period
No. 5 Georgetown
SCORING SUMMARY: GOAL Time Team Goal Scorer Assists 1 21:00 GU ALLEN, Brandon (7) NEUMANN, Steve breakaway, slid ball right to left 2 67:48 GU ALLEN, Brandon (8) NEUMANN, Steve 3 72:29 PITT Cordier, John (2) Myers, Ryan deflection goal, from corner. straight a 4 81:56 GU NEUMANN, Steve (2) PADILLA, Gabe upper shelf from 10 yards out