Oct. 8, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team (0-6-3, 0-5-1 ACC) tied Virginia Tech (3-3-4, 1-1-4 ACC), 0-0, this evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field. With the draw, Pitt earned its first point as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“I thought overall it was a much better effort then we’ve had in the last couple of games,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “The guys really responded. Our whole backline was a new backline. The four players in there hadn’t played back there the whole year and because of injuries and some performance issues we had to piece something together and they did a good job.”
Dan Lynd made a pair of saves en route to his second shutout of the season as the Panthers were able to maintain constant possession throughout the game.
The first half saw perhaps the best chances of the match for Pitt courtesy of Chris Davis. The first opportunity came in the 17th minute when Davis noticed VT keeper Kyle Renfro out of his net and sent a looping shot in from about 35 yards out. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the shot narrowly sailed over the goal for a goal kick. Davis’ second opportunity came off a nifty move but Renfro was equal to the challenge with a beautiful save with the left toe.
The Hokies best opportunity came with time running down in regulation as Robert Alberti fired a shot from just outside the box in the 86th minute but Lynd was able to smother the ball and keep the visitors off the board.
In overtime, neither team was able to mount much of an offensive attack with most of the play being held in the middle third of the field as the match reached the 110th minute in a 0-0 draw.
“We played better soccer, took care of the ball and played with a lot of enthusiasm,” Luxbacher said. “It was a good effort. Obviously we’d like to win but this is a good team that we played. They tied North Carolina and some other quality teams and have a win in the Conference. So while it’s not where we want to be it definitely gave us a step in the right direction.”
The Panthers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 12, when they continue ACC action at Syracuse (8-4-0, 2-4-0 ACC).
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