Oct. 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH - No. 5 Marquette scored four second half goals, including two in the span of 13 seconds, as the Golden Eagles (13-1, 4-1) defeated the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team (6-7-2, 0-6) by the score of 4-0 on Wednesday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Pittsburgh goalie Lee Johnston had seven saves on the evening, while Marquette fired 21 shots in the contest and put 11 on frame. The two teams both took seven corner kicks.
It was a very evenly played first half that saw the Golden Eagles hold an 8-3 advantage in shots, although neither team generated any dangerous scoring opportunities. The two sides would enter the locker room scoreless after 45 minutes of play.
"We played very well in the first half," head coach Joe Luxbacher stated. "That was as well as we had played in a while. We executed what we talked about, which was holding the ball and not letting Marquette generate any possession."
Out of halftime however, the Golden Eagles struck twice in the span of 13 seconds. The first goal came at the 49:28 mark of the contest as MU midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka tucked away a cross from the six-yard box and into the lower right corner past Johnston.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers played the ball backwards and were dispossessed as MU forward Andy Huftalin found himself one-on-one with Johnston and beat the sophomore keeper as he slipped the ball into the lower left corner.
"The first goal in the half; that happens," Luxbacher stated. "It was the second goal that was a killer. That can't happen; we can't lose our composure like that, because then we were chasing for the rest of the game. Marquette is a great team, but we showed what we were capable of in the first half. After that second goal, things got scattered."
Huftalin struck again in the 78th minute as he buried home a header off a cross from Ciesiulka to put the Golden Eagles ahead 3-0. The fourth goal came in the 87th minute as midfielder Ryan Robb one-timed a deflected shot into the left corner of the net from outside the 18-yard box. Huftalin accounted for six points in the contest, scoring two goals and tallying two assists.
The Panthers conclude the home portion of their schedule on Saturday night as Pittsburgh plays host to another top-5 opponent when the No. 4 Connecticut Huskies come to town. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.