Oct. 10, 2007
PITTSBURGH--The Pitt men's soccer team dropped a hard-fought, 3-1 decision to No. 19 West Virginia Wednesday night at Founders Field. Freshman midfielder Andy Kalas recorded his second-career goal, denying the Mountaineers their seventh shutout victory of the season. With the loss, Pitt falls to 1-9-2 overall and 0-5-1 in the Big East, while West Virginia improves to 7-4-0 and 3-3-0.
The Mountaineer offense started strong, out-shooting the Panthers 12-2 in the first half. Defender Alex Erwin got West Virginia on the board in the 21st minute, scoring his first career goal. Teammate Dan Stratford's corner kick found Erwin, who was waiting in front of the Panther net. Erwin controlled the ball and finished with a shot into the right corner of the net, giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
Just seven minutes later, West Virginia tallied another goal from midfielder Andy Wright to move the score to 2-0 in favor of the Mountaineers, marking West Virginia's first multi-goal game of the season.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Wright notched another score as the Mountaineers went up 3-0 on Pitt. Stratford attempted a shot in front of the Pitt goal, but was denied by Panther goalkeeper Jordan Marks (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township). Wright snatched the rebound, firing another shot at Marks as he was unable to recover from the previous save in time to stop Wright's shot.
The Panthers came out strong offensively following halftime. Pitt denied West Virginia the shutout in the 56th minute when Kalas (North Huntington, Pa./Norwin) headed a cross from teammate Pat Kerr (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) into the Mountaineer net for his second goal of the season and the game's final score of 3-1.
Defender Eric Jeager (Bergenfield, N.J./Tenafly) tallied a career-high four shots with one on-goal for the Panthers, as fellow defender Matt Firster (Harborcreek, Pa./Harborcreek) recorded two shots on-goal.
Marks finished with a career-high 12 saves as Mountaineer goalkeeper Zach Johnson tallied four.
The Panthers will continue Big East conference play with a Saturday afternoon contest vs. Seton Hall at 1 p.m. at Founders Field. Pitt will then host cross-town rival Duquesne on Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.