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Sept. 13, 2012

Coach Luxbacher Preps this Weekend's Games

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Pitt men's soccer returns to action with a pair of games this weekend. The Panthers host Northern Kentucky at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Friday, Sept. 14. The game is set to take place at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, Pitt heads cross-town to take on rival Duquesne (3-3-0) at 1 p.m at Fooney Field.

The Panthers (3-0-2) are coming off two victories in the Pitt/Nike Invitational en route to capturing the tournament crown. Pitt's first win in the tourney - and second on the season - came in a 2-1 decision over IPFW on Sept. 7, while the Panthers defeated Delaware, 1-0, on Sunday.

Forward Nico Wrobel led the Panthers offensively with three goals, two of which were game-winners. Two of the junior's goals came from penalty kicks while the third came from a rebounded penalty kick. The Berlin, Germany native picked up Big East Offensive Player of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week honors.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lee Johnston earned the tournament MVP nod for his outstanding performance. Johnston registered 12 goals over the weekend, nine of those in a defensive battle with the Blue Hens on Sunday. Pitt had four player in total earn all-tournament honors as Kevin Fielden and Julian Dickenson also were recognized.

This will be the first meeting between Pitt and Northern Kentucky in program history. The Norse enter the match with an 0-5 record following a 1-0 loss to IUPUI on Sunday, Sept. 9.

NKU -members of the Atlantic Sun Conference - have been outscored 11-1 in their 2012 campaign and have been on the road for seven-straight games to open the season. Four of their five losses have been by one goal.

Duquesne posted a 1-0 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday evening. Karter Sell scored on a breakaway to give the Dukes the victory. Sam Frymier had his first collegiate shutout, recording four saves. Duquesne is 3-3 on the season and owns a 2-1 mark at home (Rooney Field). The Panthers have played two games so far this season at Rooney Field, posting a 1-0-1 mark on its cross-town rival's campus. Pitt played in the Duquesne Invitational on Aug. 24 and 26 (vs. Howard and Niagara).

Duquesne assistant coach Mark Sikora played at Pitt, leading the team in scoring his senior season in 2001. He earned his degree from the University in 2002.

Friday's contest marks Pitt Pride night, a chance for on-campus groups and all fans to come out and cheer for the squad and show their spirit. The winning organization will receive a cash prize. There will also be a giveaway.

The contest will be broadcast on WPTS Radio, 92.1 FM. A live stream of the broadcast is available by clicking here: Go to Listen Now.

Listen to more on the Panthers - including an interview with head coach Joe Luxbacher.

Panthers Back in Action This Weekend, Host Northern Kentucky on Friday

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