Oct. 12, 2011
PITTSBURGH –Pitt men’s soccer dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 24 West Virginia Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
The teams played to a scoreless first half as the Panthers (4-8-1, 2-2-0 Big East) saw their best opportunity come in the 13th minute. Off a free kick, the header from defender Robert Iledare sailed just to the right of the box.
The Mountaineers (7-4-1, 3-1-0) scored both goals off of penalty kicks, the first two earned by a Panthers opponent this season.
After a scoreless and evenly played first half, WVU tallied the eventual game-winner in the 58th minute. A questionable handball call on defender Shane Flowers earned Shadow Sebele a penalty opportunity.
The midfielder converted the shot, sending the ball to the left of Pitt goalkeeper Lee Johnston.
“The first penalty kick changed the complexion of the game,” said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. “It was a tough call. We were chasing the ball trying to get back into it and we never got back into synch after it. We played hard tonight, but we have to play better with the ball and don’t give it right back. When we got down a goal, we were scrambling.”
In the 75th minute, Sebele sent the second penalty kick chance into the right middle of the net for a 2-0 lead. That goal was a result of a call on a Panthers takedown in the box.
The Panthers travel to Storrs, Conn. on Saturday, Oct. 15 to take on No. 1 Connecticut. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Corner Kicks: Pitt 1, WVU 7
Shots: Pitt 4, WVU 20
Fouls: Pitt 10, WVU 11
Saves: Pitt 5 (Lee Johnston 5); WVU (Justin Holmes 0)