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Pitt Freshman Nick Wysong Earns Big East Rookie of the Week Honors

Freshman Nick Wysong recorded the first hat trick on Friday for a Pitt player since 2003.

Freshman Nick Wysong recorded the first hat trick on Friday for a Pitt player since 2003.

Sept. 17, 2012

PITTSBURGH - Pitt men's soccer freshman Nick Wysong was selected Big East Rookie of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday.

The first-year player had three goals and one assist in a 2-0 week for Panthers, who moved to 5-0-2 on the 2012 season.

Wysong scored three goals in a 3-2 victory over Northern Kentucky on Friday, Sept. 14. The Elkhart, Ind. native - celebrating his 19th birthday - registered the first hat trick by a Pitt player since 2003.

The game-winning score came in the 87th minute on the Panthers' 10th and final corner of the night. Sophomore Matt Walbert delivered a sweeping entry pass from the far side. Wysong sailed over his defender, heading the ball into the right corner of the goal as Pitt rallied from two goals down to post the win.

The midfielder also recorded an assist in Sunday's 2-1 win at rival Duquesne to record the first points of his collegiate career in a two-game span.  

Pitt, winners of four-straight, is off to its best season start in seven games since the 1986 campaign (6-0-1). This marks the second straight week the Panthers have had a player selected for one of the Big East's weekly awards as junior Nico Wrobel grabbed Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 10.

The Panthers host local rival Robert Morris on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. The game - with a start time of 7 p.m. - will be televised live on Pitt Panthers TV/Comcast Network (Channel 188/210). Fans can follow game action on twitter @PittMensSoccer.