Oct. 26, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team (0-9-4/0-7-2 ACC) dropped a 1-0 decision to North Carolina (6-3-5/3-1-5 ACC) this evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
"I thought it was a good effort from our guys," said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher. "North Carolina is a top team and I thought overall we had a good plan and the guys did a good job of following the plan."
Braden Horton played solidly for the Panthers in goal during his first career start making a trio of saves to keep Pitt in the game. The Panthers' defense also played admirably as it held the Tar Heels high-powered attack to a mere 11 shots.
After North Carolina struck first in the seventh minute, Pitt had its best pair of chances. Romeo Charron had a shot deflected by a UNC defender and Dan Prete sent a ball just wide of the cage to keep the score 1-0.
The Tar Heels looked to extend their lead in the 30th and 40th minutes but Horton made a pair of diving saves to keep the North Carolina lead at 1-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, neither team was able to mount much of a charge offensively and the game ended 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
"We battled for 40 minutes," Luxbacher said. "I give the guys a lot of credit but at the end of the day we didn't get the result."
The Panthers will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they host Duke at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
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