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Oct. 20, 2012

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PITTSBURGH – Pitt men’s soccer could not sustain a first half lead, dropping a 2-1 match to No. 4 Connecticut in Big East play on Saturday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.

The match marked the final home contest for seniors Andy Clifford and Mark Hast.

"We played the full 90 minutes and stuck to the plan. We had a defensive plan to try and counter and figured they would have more of the ball than we would so when we got it, we would try and keep it,” said head coach Joe Luxbacher. “We knew we would have our chances and we did- Matt Walbert’s attempt just missed to put us ahead. It’s still a loss and we aren’t happy with that; but they are a top three, four team and our guys they played a complete game."

The Panthers defense kept UConn at bay in the first half as the Huskies fired 10 shots at freshman Dan Lynd, who earned his first collegiate start in goal. The backline aided the first-year netminder, clearing several dangerous crosses as the game remained scoreless.

Pitt struck in the 35th minute on a great set up from freshman Nick Wysong. Streaking down the left side, Wysong sent a cross- from left to right - into the box which was blocked by Huskies goalkeeper Andre Blake. The ball ricocheted back to Wysong, who one-timed it from 19 yards out back towards Blake.

The ball bounced to senior Andy Clifford who was able to stop and pop it past Blake – who couldn’t back-peddle fast enough to stop the goal. The tally was just the eighth given up by UConn this season.

UConn recorded the equalizer in the 58th minute when Adra Beso fired from 36 yards out, finding the back of the net.

Pitt had a golden opportunity to tie the contest in the 64th minute when a Huskies defender failed to control a pass back to him. Sophomore Matt Walbert intercepted the ball in the Panthers’ lower-third and quickly darted on a breakaway and a one-on-one with Blake. His attempt rolled right, just inches from tying the game at 1-1.

The Huskies would register the game-winner three minute later on a Pitt missed mark. Senior Carlos Alvarez beat Lynd to the ball and one-timed it into the lower right corner, connecting on his sixth goal of the season.

“Tonight was a great game for us as a team. Cliff (Andy Clifford) was in the right spot at the right time and it was great to see a senior finish the goal on senior day,” said Wysong after the game.

No. 4 UConn 2, Pitt 1
October, 20, 2012, Pittsburgh, Ambrose Urbanic Field 

Goals by Period












GOAL     Time       Team     Goal Scorer          Assists
1              34:59      PITT        Clifford, Andy (1)           Wysong, Nick
                                goalie came out to play, right to left i
2              57:36      UCONN BESO, Adria (2)   WASSERMAN, Max
                                from 35 yards out
3              66:22      UCONN ALVAREZ, Carlos (6)          BESO, Adria

Shots: Pitt 6, UConn 17
Corner Kicks: Pitt 2, UConn 4
Saves: Pitt 3, UConn 3
Fouls: Pitt 12, UConn 9 

Pitt Men's Soccer Holds Early Lead, Falls 2-1 to No. 4 UConn

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