Oct. 22, 2011
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team could not sustain Notre Dame, falling 3-1 on Saturday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
Prior to the start of the contest, the Panthers (4-11-1, 2-5-0 Big East) recognized the contributions of six seniors: Terry Akpua, Ryan Brode, Andy Clifford, Shane Flowers, Hami Kara and Sam Luffy.
"They (the six seniors) are a good group, the core of team providing good leadership," said head coach Joe Luxbacher. "Every team needs a core of guys who are accountable, responsible and all of these guys are. We are going to miss them. This team respects them and owes a lot to them."
The Fighting Irish (7-3-4, 3-2-1) struck in what would be the eventual game-winner in the 33rd minute. Harrison Shipp blasted a shot from eight yards and to the left of the box, but Pitt freshman goalkeeper Lee Johnston batted it away. The ball ricocheted off the far post and came out into play where it bounced off a Panthers defender. The ball straddled the line as both Shane Flowers and Johnston leapt to stop it from crossing the line - falling just short in their attempts.
Shipp did get on the board 11 minutes later to pull the visitors ahead, 2-0. He added another tally in the 48th minute off an assist from Dillon Powers.
The Panthers kept the game from being a shutout just prior the final horn when freshman Dan Prete connected on 25-yard strike that sailed over the head of Irish goalie Will Walsh. Andy Clifford was credited with the assist on the goal, Prete's first of the season.|
Johnston had 11 saves for the Panthers.
Pitt closes out the regular season on the road, traveling to Georgetown (Oct. 26) and Marquette (Oct. 29).
Corner Kicks: Pitt 3, Notre Dame 10
Shots: Pitt 7, Notre Dame 24
Fouls: Pitt 9, Notre Dame 4
Saves: Pitt 11 (Johnston 11), Notre Dame 1 (Walsh 1)