Oct. 18, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Marcos Ugarte's goal in the 15th minute lifted Providence past Pitt, 1-0 in a Big East men's soccer match Tuesday at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
The goal was the fifth of the season for Ugarte. Greg Davis delivered a short pass from the left side of the goal and Ugarte buried it from close range to the top left of the net. Marc Cintron also assisted on the goal.
The Panthers' best chance to tie the match came with just 41 seconds left in regulation. Ryan McKenzie received a cross and attempted to finish with a header, but Friars goalie Jhojan Obando came out and made a nice play for his lone save of the match.
Lee Johnston made five saves in a losing effort for Pitt.
Providence held an 11-8 advantage in shots. Seven different players registered a shot for Pitt with McKenzie leading the way with two. The Friars also held a slight edge in corner kicks (6-4).
It was a pivotal match in the Big East playoff race as Providence held a one-point lead over the Panthers for the final spot in the conference tournament. Pitt is still just one point back from the final spot, trailing Notre Dame, who plays Seton Hall on Wednesday.
"This was a tough loss. They battled, but it's a good team," said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. "There's still nine points out there for us with the three matches we have left."
Included in those three matches is the Fighting Irish, who the Panthers will host Saturday in their final home match of the season. They will wrap up the regular season with away matches at Georgetown on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and at Marquette on Saturday, Oct. 29.