Oct. 29, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team fell at Marquette, 1-0, on Saturday night at Valley Fields in the Big East regular season finale.
“We played with a lot of pride and character, it was a great team effort this evening,” said head coach Joe Luxbacher. “It is a similar story for us as the ball just didn’t bounce our way. The guys fought the entire game and both teams had some great chances.”
The game marked the seventh one-goal loss of the season for the Panthers (4-13-1, 2-7 Big East).
The Golden Eagles (9-7-2, 7-2-0) netted the game-winner in the 59th minute off a goal from Calum Mallace. Bryan Ciesulka sent a cross into the box which was blocked and pushed out to the top of the box. Mallace collected the loose ball and sent it just inside the left post.
The Panthers had 12 shots in the game, five of those on goal. Senior Ryan Brode registered seven shots and posted one of the best opportunities in the 56th minute when MU goalie David Check stretched to stop the midfielder’s attempt.
Senior Hami Kara recorded six saves in goal for Pitt.
“I am very proud of these guys and the seniors rallied the entire team,” Luxbacher added. “This is a very good group. We are young, but we return a solid nucleus for the future.”
With the win, MU captured the Blue Division title.
Corner Kicks: Pitt 4, Marquette 10
Shots: Pitt 12, Marquette 19
Fouls: Pitt 8, Marquette 9
Saves: Pitt 7 (Hami Kara 6, Team 1); Marquette (David Check 5).
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