Oct. 8, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Senior forward Terry Akpua registered a goal and an assist to help lead the University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
The win moves the Panthers to 2-1 in Big East play, while the Pirates drop to 0-3 in league action. Freshman goalkeeper Lee Johnston had two saves and posted his second shutout of the season.
“Seton Hall is a very good attacking team and they hurt you if you don’t pressure them and mark tight,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher after the game. “The first half they got too much space and we were chasing the ball. In the second half, we tightened up. It was a good win.”
Scoreless at the half, the Panthers(4-7-1, 2-1 Big East) erupted for seven of their eight total shots in the second period.
Pitt scored the eventual game-winner in the 58th minute when Akpua served a ball ahead to freshman Chu Chu Onyeukwu. The speedy forward battled his defender Kai Greene stride-for-stride, but SHU goalkeeper came out of the box to challenge which allowed Onyeukwu the opportunity to split the two and make them collide. The end result was a wide-open score into an empty net. The goal was the second of the season for Onyeukwu.
The Pitt backline kept SHU (4-6-2, 0-3-0) at bay in the second half, limiting the Pirates to just one shot – and that came in the final 30 seconds.
“Robert (Iledare), (Alex) Harrison, (Sam) Luffy and Shane (Flowers) had a very good game. The whole backline - along with Lee Johnston - was very good, and it was a total team effort. I thought we worked really hard in the second half and tightened up defensively.”
The second tally of the evening came in the 86th minute and started off a sequence from freshman Derrick Smith just inside the midfield line on the far side. He slid the ball to the midfield and senior Ryan Brode, who in turn passed it forward to Akpua. The senior booted the shot into the far right of the net for a 2-0 lead and final score.
The Panthers host Backyard Brawl foe West Virginia on Wednesday evening, Oct. 12. Game time at Ambrose Urbanic Field is at 7 p.m.
Corner Kicks: Pitt 4, SHU 7
Shots: Pitt 8, SHU 10
Fouls: Pitt 14, SHU 15
Saves: Pitt 2 (Lee Johnston 2); SHU 3 (Michael Kuzan 3)