Sept. 30, 2007
PITTSBURGH-The Pitt men's soccer team dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 decision to No. 17 DePaul in the final minutes of the second overtime period Sunday afternoon at Founders Field. The Panthers and Blue Demons battled through 108 minutes of play before DePaul's Alex Mangan notched the game-winning goal. The loss drops Pitt to 1-7-2 on the season and 0-3-1 in the Big East while DePaul improves to 6-2-0 and 2-2-0.
Both teams battled through a defensive first half as the Blue Demons registered just four shots to the Panthers' two. Pitt, however, took charge offensively after halftime, tallying eight shots in the second half to DePaul's four.
The Panthers had multiple chances to break-open the 0-0 game, but could not find the back of the net. In the 50th minute, Pitt midfielder E.J. McCormick (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) sent a shot sailing just wide-right of the DePaul goal. Minutes later, another attempt by McCormick again sailed wide of giving the Panthers the lead.
Pitt goalkeeper Jordan Marks (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) notched key saves in the second half, keeping the Panthers in the game. DePaul nearly pulled ahead in the 61st minute when defender Peter Sterbenz headed the ball passed Marks for what would have been a 1-0 Blue Demon lead. Sterbenz was whistled for a foul, however, erasing the goal, as the game remained scoreless.
Panther midfielder Matt Baker (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem) registered Pitt's first shot-on-goal of the day in the 63rd minute, but was denied the score by diving DePaul goalkeeper Brian Visser.
Minutes later, Matt Langton (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) received a pass from teammate Mike McDade (Plum, Pa./Plum) in front of the Blue Demon goal, but headed it just over the top of the net as the score remained 0-0 through the end of regulation.
Neither team produced much offense through the first overtime period as the game continued into the second overtime, marking Pitt's second-consecutive double-overtime game and fourth overtime contest this season.
With 1:27 left on the clock, Mangan received a pass from teammate Julian Chille off a corner kick and headed the ball into the net for the 1-0 DePaul win. The Panthers and Blue Demons have a history of playing down to the wire as Pitt notched a 1-0 victory over the Blue Demons last season, scoring in the final second of regulation.
The Panthers will continue Big East play as they travel to Connecticut for a 6 p.m. contest with the Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 6, before hosting West Virginia on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in a 7 p.m. matchup at Founders Field.