June 7, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team has unveiled its 2012 schedule, head coach Joe Luxbacher announced on Thursday. All home games will be played at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex, the second full season for the Panthers in the state-of-the-art facility.
"We are excited about the upcoming fall season, and have arranged a very competitive schedule of matches that will test our team," said Luxbacher, who enters his 29th season as head coach at his alma mater. "The traditional Big East rivals are on the schedule, as are several teams that we have not played in recent years - Delaware, Niagara, Fort Wayne, and Navy, to name a few. All are strong and competitive sides, and we are looking forward to the challenge this season will present."
Pitt begins play with a pair of exhibitions games, traveling to Marshall on Aug. 18 before hosting California (PA) on Aug.20. The Panthers travel cross-town to officially open the 59th season of play. Pitt faces Niagara and Howard in a two-day tournament at Duquesne on August 24 and 26.
Pitt returns home for three-straight, beginning with a Sept. 1 date with state rival Saint Francis (PA). The squad hosts the Pitt/Nike Invitational on Sept. 7 and 9 as the Panthers entertain Duquesne, Delaware and IPFW. The field features Duquesne and Delaware in the opening game, while Pitt tangles with IPFW in the nightcap on Sept. 7. The Pittsburgh area squads switch opponents for the Sunday games.
Pitt faces off with Northern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 14 and is at Duquesne on Sunday, Sept 16. The Panthers close out the month of September with four-straight home games, starting with a Sept. 19 contest versus Robert Morris. Big East play kicks versus Cincinnati (Sept. 22) and the home stand concludes with Georgetown (Sept. 22).
The Panthers are on the road for four of their final six regular season league games. The first round of the Big East Championship is slated to begin on Oct. 31 (campus sites) with the league title game scheduled for Nov. 11 in Harrison, N.J.
Pitt returns five starters and 16 letterwinners from a season ago, while welcoming eight newcomers.
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