Nov. 5, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team (1-10-4) ended its 2013 home season in impressive fashion by defeating Howard (1-16), 9-0, this evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
The nine goals for the Panthers ties the second most goals scored in a game in program history and are the most for Pitt since a 9-0 victory over Canisus during the 1993 season.
"I'm proud of how the guys played out there tonight," said head coach Joe Luxbacher. "It's nice to get the win and get some goals. I think this win tonight shows a few things; one, what we're capable of and, two, the strength of our schedule. We've played so many top teams and when we finally go against an average team we smoked them."
Chris Davis paced the offense with a hat-trick, the 17th in school-history and first since Nick Wysong accomplished the feat last season. Kevin Murray added a pair of goals while Michael Tuohy, John Cordier, Ryan Myers, Sam Marks and Ryan McKenzie all had multiple point efforts.
Lost amidst the offensive explosion was solid play in the cage from Braden Horton who registered his first career shutout with five saves.
After the Bison had the first shot on goal which was swiftly turned aside by Horton, Pitt took momentum on a Davis penalty kick where he rifled the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 19th minute.
Davis added his second of the match a mere six minutes later when he took a beautiful pass from Tuohy and beat the keeper high and to the far left post.
Tuohy then got in on the action when he scored his first goal of the season in the 38th minute. After a quick touch on a corner from Cordier to McKenzie, the ball found itself at Tuohy's feet and the junior sent a laser into the top corner of the goal.
A mere 34 seconds later the Pitt lead was extended to 4-0 when Cordier retrieved a pass from Julian Dickenson and deposited it for his first goal of the year.
Coming out of the lockerroom the Panthers kept up the aggressive play and found the back of the net in the 62nd minute when Davis completed his hat trick off a perfect ball from Zane Meehan to make the score 5-0.
Myers got in on the act in the 66th minute when Tuohy found him alone in the box for Pitt's sixth goal of the match.
The next two Panther goals were near mirrors of each other with Marks registering his first-career points on runs where he got the goalie out of position and found Murray for tap-in goals 10 minutes apart to push the lead to 8-0.
The final tally of the night came from McKenzie who danced past a pair of Bison defenders and blazed a shot into the low right corner of the goal, past a diving keeper.
"At the end of the day, our guys feel good," Luxbacher said. "We had a good offensive effort, got a clean sheet defensively and got almost everybody in the game."
The Panthers will wrap up their regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, when they travel to No. 1 Notre Dame (10-1-5/6-1-3 ACC).