Oct. 1, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team (0-5-2) dropped a 2-1 contest to Xavier (4-4-2) this evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
“It’s a very disappointing loss,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “Their first goal appeared to be clearly out of bounds, we had a goal called back and then we missed a penalty kick so it was a frustrating loss but at the end of the day we have to make more plays.”
The Panthers controlled the pace of play for a majority of the game but were unable to score until the 86th minute when Kevin Murray took a beautiful cross from Ryan Myers and hammered it into the back of the goal for his first tally of the season.
Xavier got on the board first in the 8th minute on a controversial goal where it appeared that the ball had rolled over the endline. Unfortunately for the homeside, the referee didn’t make the call and Jalen Brown was able to kick home a cross from Will Walker to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Musketeers.
Pitt appeared to have an equalizer later in the frame but Cory Werth was called for a foul negating the tying tally. The Panthers continued to push forward in the first half but Chu Chu Onyeukwu saw a pair of shots stopped by the Xavier keeper.
In the second half, the Musketeers had a chance to extend their lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute but Dan Lynd made a leaping save to keep it a one goal game.
Xavier eventually was able to gain the two goal advantage off a corner where the Musketeers showed some nifty passing before Garrett Halfhill found the back of the net.
Pitt was awarded a penalty kick in the 77th minute which would have cut into the lead but it was sent just wide of goal.
The Panthers got the goal from Murray in the 86th minute and pressed hard for an equalizer in the final four minutes of the game but time ran out before Pitt could get another chance.
The Panthers will return to action on Friday, Oct. 4, when they return to ACC action at Virginia (5-3-1, 1-2-1 ACC).