Sept. 18, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Pitt men's soccer hosts the Colonials of Robert Morris at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. This is the 29th meeting between Pitt and Robert Morris in program history. The Panthers lead the series 15-11-2 and have captured wins in two of the past three meetings.
The game will be televised live on Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network (Channels 188/210) and is available on Pitt Panthers All-Access. Tim McCoy and former Panther Andy Kalas have the call. Gametracker statistics are also available.
Pitt boasts an unbeaten mark of 5-0-2 to start the season. The Panthers collected their fourth consecutive win with a 2-1 decision over crosstown rival Duquesne on Sunday, Sept. 16. The Panthers had a come-from-behind win on Friday, Sept. 14 against visiting Northern Kentucky - its last victory at home to run that streak to three games.
The Panthers open Big East play versus the Cincinnati Bearcats at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Ambrose Urbanic Field. This will be the fourth meeting between these teams as the Bearcats own a 1-2 series record, This is the first meeting between the teams since 2009.
• At 5-0-2, Pitt is off to its best seven-game start since 1986 (6-0-1).
• The Panthers are ranked 10th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Northeast rankings, released on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
• Pitt’s win-loss-tied percentage is 13th-best in NCAA Division I.
• Pitt is one of six teams in the Big East to remain unbeaten after four weeks. Marquette (7-0-0), Notre Dame (7-0-0), Georgetown (7-0-1), Connecticut (5-0-1) and St. John’s (5-0-3) are all riding unbeaten streaks.
• This past week, Pitt defeated Northern Kentucky 3-2 on Friday, Sept. 14 and bested Duquesne 2-1 on Sunday. t
• Freshman midfielder Nick Wysong led the way for Pitt over the weekend with three goals against Northern Kentucky and an assist versus Duquesne. Wysong’s three goals was the first hat trick in Panther history since Nov. 2, 2003 when Billy Brush completed the feat against Syracuse. Wysong was also awarded the Big East Rookie of the Week nod on Monday for his weekend efforts.
• Pitt has five players who have started and played in every game this season: the starting backline of Michael Touhy, John Cordier, Julian Dickenson, Kevin Fielden, and goalkeeper Lee Johnston.
• Pitt have used a different starting 11 in each game.
• Junior Nico Wrobel has scored five goals on the season, matching his team-best total a season ago. He is ranked 17th among NCAA leaders in total goals and is 28th in goals per game (0.71). Wrobel is also tied for first in the Big East in goals per game and is second in points per match (1.57).
• Six different players have tallied goals for Pitt in 2012, while six have also contributed assists (eight) on the Panthers’ 12 goals.
• This season marks the second year that Pitt has played its home games at the Petersen Sports Complex. The Panthers own a 6-7-2 record at its second-year on-campus home and are unbeaten at home this season (3-0-1).
• Pitt’s first 11 matches will be played at home (Ambrose Urbanic Field) or at nearby Rooney Field (Duquesne University). The Panthers have played three contests at Duquesne’s campus and is home at the PSC for their first eight matches. Pitt does not hit the road outside of the Steel City until Oct. 3 - a road trip to No. 8 Notre Dame.
• The Pitt men’s soccer team earned the athletic department’s top men’s academic award for the third straight year this past February. The team also posted the top cumulative GPA in the Big East last season. Andy Clifford, Julian Dickenson, Lee Johnston, Alex Lowman, Dan Mark, Dan Prete, Matt Walbert and Nico Wrobel each were named a Big East Academic All-Star in late July.
• Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher is in his 29th season as head coach for the Panthers. Luxbacher is only the second head coach in program history. The Pitt graduate followed his college head coach Leo Bemis in the role.
• This is the 59th season for Pitt men’s soccer.
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